Athleisure Brands: Add Plus-Size Mannequins to Stores
Representation matters! We all deserve to take up space in the world. It is time for brands like Lululemon and Athleta to start featuring plus-sized mannequins in their store. This is an opportunity to show the world that fitness doesn’t stop at a certain size and that we all deserve to be represented. Athleta has stated that “inclusivity is core” to their brand and that they “consistently celebrate women of different shapes and sizes.” So why don’t their stores reflect that mission? Lululemon has consistently refused to be inclusive of plus-size women. So why don't they change the dialogue? I usually don’t find shopping in mainstream retail shops a life-affirming event. I am normally affronted with a homogenous representation of body types: thin, white, and superfit. Not too long ago, I visited the Nike Innovation Store. To my surprise, I was welcomed by a plus-sized mannequin at the front door- in plain, glorious view. I am a yoga instructor and know how it feels to walk into a store and feel like the clothes on the mannequins aren’t for me. In 2017, Athleta made a commitment to add more shape and size diversity to their models. Now that they have added a handful of plus-sized models online, it’s time for Athleta to commit to using mannequins that reflect this diversity of sizes in their stores. When I say plus-sized, I mean a body type that is most common in today’s society. This body type represents about 67% of all women, but is not the conventional type of mannequin we see in a fitness retailer! People of size want to be represented. We are allowed to wear stylish, trendy, and comfortable athleisure clothing. We are here, and we deserve to be seen. Body positivity starts with representation for all of us. ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES. If customers can see themselves represented in clothing, it goes a long way to increase self-esteem and self-worth. #representationmatters Now it is time to show up. Sign the petition and tell Athleisure brands like Lululemon and Athleta we expect more and we deserve to be seen! Who is with me? Lululemon, Athleta, lead the way! Be the change! Put plus-sized mannequins in stores!
Lululemon Athletica to remove the "Namastay Put" Underwear Line
Lululemon Athletica released a line of underwear titled "Namastay Put" referencing the Hindu greeting meaning "I bow to you." Lululemon has actively degraded and sexualized this term and displays a lack of decency and ignorance of the management and leadership at Lululemon. As a brand well recognized across the globe, the company needs to do better!
Giving Alberta High School Athletes extra year of eligibility due to COVID19.
As Covid-19 struck in March 2020 there was 1000’s of Alberta High School athletes that had their high school athletic careers abruptly ended. Initially, it was thought to only end last years grade 12’s careers. Unfortunately this current school years grade 12 student athletes have had no high school sporting experience to speak of. In short, it’s been a year of shattered dreams. No ‘Friday Night Lights’. No tournaments. No prep rallies. No home game in a packed house. No heated rivalries. No road trips. No team parties. No fun. No participation. Being eligible, with nothing to participate in. No Zones. No Provincials. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Except for the bean bag toss! I guess it’s a sport now? Who knew? Now, imagine for a minute if this was your high school experience? The greatly anticipated ‘best year’ of your young life. Can you remember the fun you and your teammates had? Imagine the memories that would have never been made. The lifelong friendships and team bonding that you would have missed out on. The big wins and tough losses. The life lessons in dedication and perseverance and teamwork and togetherness. The striving and reaching personal and team goals. Now imagine you didn’t have ANY of these lessons or memories. Our Alberta grade 12 kids don’t have to imagine this, because it’s their heartbreaking reality. Their sports dreams will never see daylight. If they had College or University dreams, those are effectively gone too as the Alberta College Athletic Association, Canadian University Sports, and the National College Athletic Association HAVE ALL done the right thing and granted their student athletes an additional year of eligibility. For Alberta grade 12 kids, they’ll never get these experiences and memories. Ever. Unless we do something to support them and show them they’re important. Their goals and dreams DO matter! Now is your chance. Parents, supporters, friends and especially Alberta Student Athletes, please sign and comment and share this petition to as many people as you can - across all of Alberta. I think it’s time the Alberta School’s Athletic Association does the right thing for the kids as well. Don’t you? They can end this nightmare! Again PLEASE sign and share this petition with as many people as possible. It will be presented to the Alberta School’s Athletic Association by April 1st, 2021. Thank you, Skouson Harker Former Alberta high school student athlete
Hollywood Star on walk of fame for Tim Moore the first African American television star.
In 1950, Moore was recommended by his old vaudeville friend, Flournoy Miller, for the role of George "Kingfish" Stevens, a role which was voiced on radio by white actor Freeman Gosden. The origin of the television show was actually a radio show that began in 1928 as a series about African Americans in Harlem, created, written and starred in by Charles Correll and Freeman Gosden, a pair of white performers who posed for publicity photos and appeared in two movies as their characters in blackface. “Amos ‘n’ Andy” was hugely popular for years before moving its segregated universe to TV in 1951 minus Correll and Freeman, becoming the small screen’s first sitcom with a nearly all-black cast. NBC’s “Sanford and Son” became the second 21 years later.He was called out of retirement by the Columbia Broadcasting System to star in a new television adaptation of Amos 'n' Andy. As the radio series had developed in prior years, the scheming but henpecked Kingfish had become the central focus of most of the plots. In the television version, Moore played the character more broadly, with louder and more forceful delivery and a distinctive Georgia drawl, exaggerated for comic effect. Moore's Kingfish dominated the calmer and soft-spoken "Amos 'n' Andy" characters. Early in his career, Moore had developed a "con-man" routine he used for many years while in vaudeville; re-working some aspects of his old act produced the television character Kingfish. Moore was very popular in the show and for the first time in his career became a national celebrity as well as the first African American to win stardom on television. When leaving a train in Albuquerque to buy some Native American pottery, the proprietor recognized him immediately, saying, "You, you Kingfish." This was the first time it happened in Moore's 52 years in show business. In 1931 the African American press petitioned the Federal Radio Commission to cancel the air show because it was an unfair representation of African Americans. They believed that the show could be used, through its racially stereotypical character personalities, for whites to justify slavery and maintain segregation. CBS cancelled the television program in 1953 in response to pressure from the NAACP and other civil rights organizations. In 1963, CBS sent reruns of Amos 'n' Andy to Kenya and Nigeria. Kenya banned the show in 1963. In 1964 a Chicago television station announced that it would air reruns of the show, however, ceased after national protest. Amos ’n’ Andy has paved the way for black actors today. This was a really important black television show. Just when it was about to do really great things, the NAACP came in and really shut it down. In spite of his achievement as the first major African American television star, Moore is still not honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Till this day in 2020 people all over the world loves King Fish we are requesting him to be honored a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Holy mack’rel, Andy! We’s all got to stick together in dis heah thing. . . . Remember we is brothers in that great fraternity, the Mystic Knights of the Sea. --The Kingfish on TV’s “Amos ‘n’ Andy”
The Most Overlooked Solution For Tokyo 2020's Most Destructive Olympic Games In History
While an athlete and technologist training with Olympic gold medal coaches, I was producing a TV series on the positive social and environmental impact of the Olympic Games. Advanced science and technology, previously pioneered by former members of the IOC who served as international leaders in the scientific community, has now painted a reality of how the International Olympic Committee's increasing corruption and greed has transformed the Olympic legacy into the most destructive sports leadership and Olympic Games in history. We learned that the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizers have become the most destructive Olympics in history after being caught twice, as recent as this August: fast, cheap and unethical sourcing which caused damage to a biodiversity hotspot critical to human survival as well as endangered biodiversity and species which exist nowhere else on Earth cutting corners on decontamination, resulting in unsafe living environments, venues, and foods for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics delaying disaster-relief for children, families and workers including related child cancer treatment as well as actual decontamination for safe living environments, water and foods while spending $20 Billion in taxpayers money to host the illusion of a "Sustainable Olympics With The Latest Technology Advancements" delaying decontamination from the Fukushima disaster in a manner which is now putting citizens of other countries at risk as the toxic build up of nuclear waste has increased to such a degree that they're creating a quick-action plan for dumping it into the world's oceans, both impacting human and sea life There should never be a situation where the International Olympic Committee (IOC), leader of the UN Sport For Climate Action, and Olympics organizers are the cause of any city's or country's taxpayers moneys being used for an Olympic Games while delaying vital life-supporting services to taxpayers. Nor should they ever be the cause of damaging water, foods and living environments which humans, animals, and wildlife require to survive. In May 2019 the Head of Japan's Olympic Committee, a former Olympic equestrian, was indicted in a corruption investigation by an international court system on having bribed International Olympic Committee Members with millions of dollars to win the bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. At the time that Tokyo 2020's bidding committee won, they and the IOC had already received scientific documentation on the issues above. Japan's Former Ambassador to Switzerland stated, "President Thomas Bach has all the documentation. Tokyo 2020 will be both an immoral and radioactive Olympic Games." In May of 2018 the IOC and Tokyo 2020 were caught cutting corners on decontamination; delaying disaster relief for save living environments, water and food; and using fast, cheap and unethical sourcing of the Leuser Ecosystems' critical biodiversity hotspot. In August of 2010 after being caught a second time, the IOC and Tokyo 2020 chose to double down on marketing rather than be accountable for their actions. Instead of taking ownership for the damages being caused by Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the IOC hired a corporate digital marketing expert for the the first time in history, to "transform the public's view and engagement for Tokyo 2020." Head of the IOC inspection team John Coates spoke during a press conference in Tokyo. "IOC President Thomas Bach has said no city has been as ready as Tokyo to hold the Olympics. Bach and other International Olympic Committee are calling Tokyo the best prepared in recent memory." Despite all of the major issues mentioned, Coates said he was "hopeful there won’t be any drain on the public purse." Coates contrasted Tokyo with Rio de Janeiro, saying "In Rio we didn’t know who was paying what & when; if at all,” he said. As international world-class athletes who feel this is the exact opposite of the Olympic charter's sports in service to humanity, it is no longer our goal to be a party to this. The UN Sport For Climate Action agreement which the IOC leads, accepts the fast, cheap and unethical sourcing of biodiversity hotspots critical to human survival that was done by Tokyo 2020 to be a crime against humanity. This is because it results in 10,000 times the rate of natural change, which no species can survive, including humans. Biodiversity hotspots are ecosystems where the diversity of life and species does not exist anywhere else on Earth. Ecosystems most vulnerable to reaching irreversible damage are classified by scientifically-validated research as "critical biodiversity hotspots". Damage to these hotspots affects other ecosystems and environments, and is linked to more: physical and mental health issues, resistant diseases, unstable industries and economies, natural disasters, and extinction of species. Biodiversity is critical to human survival because its purpose is to transfer from different Earth ecosystems and environments the exact properties humans require to survive from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. The Leuser Ecosystem is among Earth's unique ecosystems which impacts global economies, environments and climate. It plays a critical role in climate and disaster resilience. It regulates the global climate by absorbing pollution and storing massive amounts of carbon in its lowland rainforests and peatlands. It is also the last place on earth where orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers co-exist in the wild. All four of these species are now classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Critically Endangered. The Leuser Ecosystem is listed as “one of the world’s foremost irreplaceable areas.” Damage being done by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to the Leuser Ecosystem critical biodiversity hotspot needs to stop before it becomes irreversible. We need your help. By signing this petition you are helping us to enforce the IOC and Tokyo 2020 stop their destructive actions and be accountable for damages being caused by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Everyday citizens have the right to petition to enforce accountability and ownership as well as to drive positive change and to carry out solutions. Petitioning is an effective method that can be used by everyday citizens to directly communicate with their governments as well as global organizations. The right to petition is a protected right in jurisdictions such as the European Union, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For example, in the USA, the right to petition is guaranteed by The First Amendment of the US Constitution. Thank you for using your right to petition with us. To check out our recent Live Radio Show Interview from Colorado on October 4th Click Here. For more on the IOC and Tokyo 2020, please Click Here to go to our Take Action page for 5 simple ways everyday people can become everyday heroes from their home, school or business; vetted links, scientific reports, and resources (including satellite maps on the biodiversity hotspot damage caused by Tokyo 2020 from the Global Land Analysis & at the University of Maryland.
Lululemon must change their name
For years, Lululemon has blatantly been racist against Asians and have never done anything to correct it. For years they have spat on Asians and have gotten away with it! Suddenly with companies being called out on their racism and colorblindness, they claim to be against racism and for BLM, but no apology or real change is happening. If they're really against racism, they should change their name because their very name is meant to mock, ridicule, and attack Asians! Their CEO has retired, but the company never made the necessary changes to show that they genuinely are not racists. Please sign this petition to call them out and force them to change their racist and body shaming ways!
Open a Lululemon store in Wilson, North Carolina
People in this small town want to be able to drive a short distance to shop instead of driving an hour out of their way through city traffic or waiting for it to ship. Not only would this benefit for Wilson but it would benefit for people coming off of I-95 and US 264. We have a lot of athletic events at places such as J Burt Gillette Athletic Complex, Fleming Stadium, and the campus of Barton College which would bring in many customers. We have many people here who are interested in this brand but have not been introduced. Not only would this be good for the business but it would also bring more visitors to Wilson. We aren't asking for a lot we just want a small store to buy this brand without having to go to far out of our way. Wilson could bring a different clientele than other cities and towns. My goal is to get 500 people on board with this plan to help open a Lululemon store in Wilson, North Carolina. Please keep this in consideration on how beneficial this would be for the people of Wilson.
Cancel fast fashion
If you've ever went online shopping for clothes, you more than likely have stumbled upon websites such as Shien, Romwe, Urban Outfitters, so on and so forth. They are great with their affordable prices and cute trendy clothing. But, have you ever stopped to wonder, Why is it so cheap? My friends and I decided to dive into the idea. The more and more we researched, the more awful things we have came across. You may have heard of fast fashion. These companies, and others with affordable prices, support fast fashion. 168 million children work in the fast fashion industry. They get minimum wage (ranging around 50-200 dollars a year) for working endless hours. Fast fashion is dangerous as well. The workers work 14-16 hours a day, 7 days a week. This results in fatigue, depression, and many other mental health problems, more than likely why a zipper on your pants might not be perfect, or your buttons seem off. In all fast fashion industries, you will find physical and verbal abuse. It has been reported that in over 12 countries, 75% of the workers have been physically abused. I couldn't imagine the hardship those families have to go through! So, the next time you order from one of these websites, think to yourself. Is it worth it? We are hoping for this to reach bigger companies, who are able to spread the word and stop Fast Fashion for good!