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Petitioning Amazon

Amazon Prime Discount for Teachers

Amazon offers a Prime membership discount of half price fo students. While that is fabulous, I also think they should offer this incredible deal to teachers.  Students must verify eligibility with their school email so it would not be hard for teachers to do the same.  Teachers use Amazon in many different ways. It’s great to create wish lists to get out to parents, to order supplies and other things you need quickly without having to go out, and even on those days you watch a movie for whatever special reason, Prime Video is awesome.  Amazon is a great company and since they offer students (who are usually on a budget) a great discount, why not offer it to teachers who are also usually on a budget as well. Especially since the membership price comes out of our pockets and not the schools.  Of course not every item a teacher buys off of Amazon is for their class. Some teachers with Amazon Prime may not order anything for their students or classroom. I still think it would be great for Amazon to offer, as appreciation, a teacher discount equivalent to the discount they offer students.  I think all businesses should offer a teacher discount, but I am starting with a company that could set a great example for others to follow.  While this isn’t a pressing life or death matter, it’s important all the same.  Please help me get Amazon’s Jeff Bezos attention. Back me up in trying to get Amazon to offer a teacher Prime Membership discount.   

Erica Powell
566,928 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Amazon.com

Remove NRA TV from Amazon's Streaming Service & Website

My oldest friend (for nearly 20 years) has a son who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas and was there last year, huddling and hiding for his life. For 30 anxious minutes, we knew there was a school shooting but had no word on his safety. We learned he was okay fairly quickly, but too many others weren't so lucky. After seeing 17 young people lose their lives, I was angered to see the defensive reaction from the National Rifle Association - and upset when I saw that Amazon hosts NRAtv, a channel with the slogan “America’s Most Patriotic Team on a Mission to Take Back The Truth." It’s a 24-hour streaming service with 22 original series that promote the NRA's propaganda, and there’s even an entire segment devoted to how it should be easier to purchase an AR15. Amazon needs to remove NRAtv.com from their services, sites and offerings immediately. The NRA has long ignored its role in promoting gun violence and betrayed the names of good and responsible gun owners. It’s time to hold it, and its partners, accountable. The NRA represents millions of gun owners BUT nowhere near all or a majority of U.S. gun owners. In fact, less than 10 percent of gun owners belong to the NRA. We need to include gun owners in this fight - responsible people who don't feel that the NRA speaks for them - so let's keep this fight focused. The NRA is a group that's rotten to the core and a company like Amazon should not be spreading its message. Not anymore. We must remember to respect the First Amendment above all else. If NRA members want to watch NRA TV, they can find it without Amazon's promotion. There is no place in your home for brands that earn money through the NRA. Sign this petition, then flood Amazon's Legal Department with calls at 206-266-4064. We already shook up their PR Department and got their long-running media hotline to temporarily shut down (206-266-7180), although it’s still worth a try during business hours, since they’ll likely put it back up again at some point.

Brad Chase
350,081 supporters
Petitioning Brune Poirson, Jeff Bezos, European Parliament

Stop à la destruction massive des invendus par Amazon

Bonjour, Je me présente Alexandre B., j'ai 27 ans. Cela fait plusieurs années que je m’intéresse à l'écologie, notamment grâce à des documentaires de l'association Greenpeace. J'ai vu un extrait de l'émission M6 Capital concernant la destruction de millions d'invendus par an. J'ai été profondément choqué !Alors que cela fait des années qu'on demande aux citoyens du monde de faire attention au gaspillage, on apprend que la plus grosse société au monde détruit 3 millions d'objets rien qu'en France ! C'est lors de l'émission Capital du dimanche 13 janvier 2019 que nous apprenons que la société Amazon a mis en place un système de destruction massive de centaines de milliers de produits neufs ! Il faut savoir que ce n'est pas la première fois qu'Amazon se fait remarquer par sa politique non-écologique. En effet, dans un reportage de l'émission "Frontal 21" sur la chaîne de télévision allemande ZDF, diffusée en juin dernier, des salariés d'Amazon expliquaient avoir détruit des produits en parfait état de marche ou avec de légers défauts. Ce système pousse encore une fois à la surconsommation qui détruit peu à peu notre planète ! La multinationale la plus puissante du monde viole le droit des consommateurs à se faire réparer gratuitement leurs produits défectueux et ainsi gaspille plus de 3 millions de produits neufs détruits en France chaque année ! Les pratiques d’Amazon sont inadmissibles et dangereuses lorsque l’on sait que la fabrication de ces produits représente près du quart des émissions de gaz à effet de serre des français. C’est donc une question de vie ou de mort pour notre planète. L'équipe de télévision aurait remonté la filière des entreprises partenaires qui utilisent la plateforme et qui seraient contraintes pour des raisons économiques de détruire leurs invendus ! La secrétaire d'état auprès du ministre de la transition écologique et solidaire, Brune Poirson a annoncé sur le plateau de Capital qu'elle ferait de la lutte contre le gaspillage un priorité et que des mesures serait prises. Aujourd'hui la loi économie circulaire qui sera présenté aux conseils des ministres n'apporte rien et surtout n'interdit absolument pas ce genre de pratiques ! Encore une fois le gouvernement recule face aux lobbies ! Alors signez pour que le gouvernement impose enfin à l'entreprise Amazon (et bien d'autre entreprises) de cesser leurs destructions et de redistribuer la totalité de leurs invendus à des organismes associatifs !

alexandre BRIOLAIS
124,394 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, BrainStorm Cell Theraputics, Augie Nieto, Steve Gleason, Ady Barkan, Pete Frates, Scott Gottlieb, Ralph Kern, Chaim Lebovits, Martha McSally, Dianne Feinstein, Kyrsten Sinema, Jeff...

FDA Approval for Life-Saving NurOwn for ALS Patients

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a specific disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. Some also use the term motor neuron disease for a group of conditions of which ALS is the most common. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size. It may begin with weakness in the arms or legs, or with difficulty speaking or swallowing. About half of the people affected develop at least mild difficulties with thinking and behavior and most people experience pain. Most eventually lose the ability to walk, use their hands, speak, swallow, and breathe.  ALS does not have to be a death sentence as patients are getting better with BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics stem cell driven therapy NurOwn which aims to help these nerve cells survive by fighting the neurodegeneration process that causes ALS symptoms. NurOwn uses MSCs harvested from the patient. MSCs are precursor cells that have the ability to differentiate into various cell types. NurOwn’s technology encourages MSCs to develop into cells that secrete neurotrophic factors (NTFs) that promote the growth of nervous tissue. NTFs can also help nerve cells survive through their own neuroprotective function. Below is a video of the amazing impact that NurOwn is having on ALS patients. Please sign this position to help get full FDA approval for NurOwn. To give people their lives back. Their futures back. Most importantly to give them a fighting chance at HOPE.   Please share this petition on your social media and with family, friends, and co-workers. Thank you!   Please View Videos Below: Thank you for your time (LATEST VIDEO UPDATE) https://www.facebook.com/6209609/posts/10107753561682093/   https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/03/11/als-patients-fighting-fda-for-experimental-drug-nurown/   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-05/right-to-try-law-namesake-gets-als-therapy-says-it-s-working        

Z D
80,679 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Tim Cook

Stop cosmetic surgery apps aimed at kids: #SurgeryIsNotAGame

Hi, my name is Holli Rubin and I am the representative for Endangered Bodies London, also known as Anybody UK. This is one of eight linked petitions by Endangered Bodies directed at Apple, Google and Amazon. As a body image specialist , therapist and mother, I have seen firsthand how dangerous the world of plastic surgery is for the mental health of girls and women. Surgery used to be reserved for more serious problems including physical disfigurement for which I can understand from personal experience.  As a child, I had an accident that altered my appearance and left me with a scar.  As a 5 year old little girl I was worried about how I would look and how others would see me.  As hard as it was, I learned to listen to my mother’s words to "stop putting myself under a magnifying glass. " This helped me to accept my scar and it being a part of me. Had it been surgically removed, I would not have had to go through that  journey to learn to like how I looked, with or without it my scar. I want my children and all children to feel good about themselves from the inside out. I want them all to feel that how they look is exactly as they should- warts/scars/birthmarks and all. I want them To like how they look but more importantly to like who they are.  It is one thing to play with your looks-to have a haircut, get your ears pierced or try a new shade of lipstick but altering appearance through something as permanent as plastic surgery is serious business. Children playing on these apps minimizes that seriousness, and actually condones surgery by inadvertently and unconsciously sending the message that faces and body parts are meant to be changed and can be, simply and easily.   I think I speak for many parents when I say that our children should not see plastic surgery as a game. The images above are examples of many available on the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store. These cosmetic surgery apps, which often feature animated characters, are being marketed to kids as young as nine, a target group that is already influenced by our body-toxic culture. Our societies are saturated with images of perfect and unattainable bodies, with over 21 million cosmetic procedures being performed throughout the world in 2015 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The dissatisfaction many adults face with their bodies has trickled down to our children. Statistics from The National Eating Disorder Association in the U.S. show 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. In the UK, the 2016 Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey found more than a third of girls aged seven to ten felt women were valued more for their appearance than their abilities. Globally, children deserve to be challenged and inspired by their toys, not to spend their free time worrying about how they look. On January 14, 2014, Endangered Bodies supported the UK-based Twitter account Everyday Sexism in its call to remove plastic surgery apps aimed at children featured on iTunes and the Google Play store. Within 24 hours, both platforms removed the flagged apps. Although neither platform released an official statement, their choice to remove these “games” indicates that they recognize the potential harm they can cause. Deceptively designed as children’s games, the apps encourage users to slice virtual patients apart using scalpels, syringes, and other tools used in surgical settings. By making cosmetic surgery apps available for download, Apple, Google and Amazon are allowing companies to stoke and profit from the insecurities of children. We at Endangered Bodies challenge the toxic culture that promotes negative body image. Cosmetic surgery apps, which promote body dissatisfaction and shame, are not games that should be marketed to vulnerable young people. Although in some cases (where games have age-based ratings) it is possible for parents to limit access to these games through parental controls, we believe that further action is needed. Apple, Google and Amazon need to scrutinise the apps that already feature an age rating to ensure the content isn’t in fact directed at younger children, using the age limit as a way to still offer their app for download. In other words, we don’t want these platforms to use the age rating system as justification to continue to offer these apps, which are clearly designed for children. Please sign this petition to ask Apple, Google and Amazon to implement a policy which is clear to every developer, that they will not accept any such apps that are targeted at children and make a commitment to protect the mental health of their young users.  

Anybody UK
154,609 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,543 supporters
Petitioning Amazon, Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos

Amazon: Stop selling gay “cure” books

(UPDATE) Amazon removed conversion therapy books from its site on July 2, 2019. We are now asking that it sets a clear policy stating it will no longer allow conversion therapy books on its site. The books are down now, but with no change in the written policy, we can easily be back to fighting to take the books down at any moment. Amazon is selling books that promote gay “cures” as you read this. Some of the books include: “A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality” “Healing Homosexuality” “How a Gay Boy Became a Straight Man” Conversion therapy is destructive in all ways. It became popular in the 1970s following aversion therapy (which directed patients to use hormone pills, electrical shocks, and medication that induced vomiting to “cure” gay people and turn them straight). 14 states have banned conversion therapy for minors because of how destructive it is. Reparative therapy, which these books are examples of, tries to change one’s sexuality on the belief that homosexuality is a mental disorder. Surprise: none of these therapies work. And moreover, they’re incredibly damaging to the victims. In fact, they can and have lead to mental health issues including depression, self-harm, and suicide. Right now, Amazon is profiting from selling these books that give a platform to a dangerous and abusive practice. Celebrating books that qualify homosexuality as an illness is not right and you can help stop it. Amazon has removed a gay conversion therapy app from its app store before following public outrage. If that app goes against their policies, why doesn’t selling books that promote the same thing?

Sky Gray
82,568 supporters
Petitioning Jeff

Amazon CEO remove 'Slicey The Pig' toy. Animals are not objects but sentient beings.

PETITION UPDATE. Amazon is not global respectable retailer. This product is offensive and shows a lack of respect for animals and that Amazon supports and promotes animal cruelty. THE CEO Jeff Bezos has now twice refused to remove the product from from Amazon despite this petition.  'Slicey The Pig' sends out a wrong message that animals are objects and have no desires to live and are here for human use as products. Slicey The Pig thing is in profoundly bad taste as well seriously tainting the image of Amazon as a "respectable" retailer, just like selling steel-jaw leg hold traps. What are you thinking Amazon? This shows lack of respect. Animal need our respect\love and are not here for our gratification to inflict suffering and pain. This product teaches children and adults alike that it is acceptable to accept animal suffering. Products like these only promote distaste and teaches that we are not compassionate and sustainable people when it comes to animals. Please sign this petition to show that animals are not products. This product shows the extent of their brutality\victimization to the extent they are not victims. It shows they don’t have moral sentient value and they don’t matter. This product shows that animals are here for human benefit and that they are commodities like TV sets, phones etc. Animals appear different from us but at the end of the day this does not make them any less than us as we all bleed and suffer and fear. If this was a human depicted it would at once show a lack of respect hence this product is speciest. The Amazon CEO has refused to remove these disgusting product from it's site. After emailing him twice their executive relations team have not given any reason whatsoever ever other than its will remain on the site. A justification was asked twice but no response and they have decided not to pursue this any further while they clearly know they are promoting animal abuse. Please feel free to review the products at below UK SITEhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=slicey+the+pig&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aslicey+the+pig INTERNATIONALhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_10/144-6946967-7523526?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=slicey+the+pig&sprefix=slicey+the%2Caps%2C303&crid=14VS2V67UIXE1 Also feel free to drop Jeff polite correspondence. GLOBAL CEOjeff@amazon.com UK CEODoug Gurrdgurr@amazon.com Created By: Javid Ahmed With helped and support Animal Freedom Fighter Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/animalfreedomfighter/

Javid Ahmed
23,221 supporters
Petitioning Amazon, Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos

Ask Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) to support Persian (Farsi) language in its services

English text follows: یکی از راه‌های جلوگیری از انحطاط زبان و ادبیات فارسی و افزایش آزادی بیان در جامعه، مبارزه با سانسور است. این کار از طریق عرضه بدون سانسور محصولات فرهنگی در سرویس چاپ و نشر مستقیم آمازون (کیندل) قابل انجام است. متاسفانه از زمانی که در اواخر تابستان گذشته سرویس چاپ شرکت کریت‌اسپیس با کیندل ادغام شد، سرویس جدید از ارائه خدمات به زبان فارسی امتناع کرده است. این امر باعث بروز مشکلات فراوان برای نشر بدون سانسور محصولات فرهنگی به زبان فارسی شده است. لطفا با امضای این نامه از شرکت آمازون بخواهید که زبان فارسی را در انتشاراتش حمایت کند. زبان فارسی نقطه اشتراک فرهنگی ماست، از آن حمایت کنیم.  Nowadays direct publishing of books through online services such as KDP is one of the most effective ways for writers to overcome censorship, publish their contents and for readers to find what they like directly in Amazon online stores. However KDP services are not supporting some languages such as Persian (Farsi) and this made lots of troubles for many writers around the world who write in this language. While Persian culture/literature is and has been one of the greatest throughout the history, it is very unfortunate that Persian speaking writers can not use KDP services to reach their audience who are about 120 million people around the world. Here we want to ask Amazon to establish KDP services for Persian Language as well. This is a huge step to fight censorship and promoting freedom of speech. 

Mahyar Mazloumi
22,259 supporters