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Stop Gender Stereotyping: Provide Universally Accessible Changing Tables in All Your Stores

As a new dad, I recently learned an unfortunate reality about changing diapers while out in public with a child. Almost all public changing tables are in women's bathrooms, which makes it nearly impossible to find a table that's accessible to dads. As crazy as it sounds, many stores don’t give dads the option to change their babies’ diapers. It's 2015, families are diverse, and it is an injustice to assume it’s only a woman's job to handle changing diapers. This assumption is gender stereotyping and companies should be supporting all parents that shop at their stores equally – no matter their gender. Changing tables in men's rooms will be a tiny step in the long process of rectifying the legacy of gender discrimination, but it's a step we need to take. Dads, like myself, want to participate equally in the child care process and our society should support that.  Target and Costco have proven themselves time and time again to be companies that honor diversity, support families, and provide great services to kids of all ages. That is why I am calling on them to be the change. As leaders in their industry, they can initiate a company-wide policy to provide universally accessible changing tables in their stores.  If Target and Costco take this step, I know that other companies will follow suit and recognize that we should be supporting all parents equally.  #BeTheChange #LeanInTogether

Ashton Kutcher
104,384 supporters
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Petitioning Target

Expect More: Tell Target to Stop Supporting Slavery in Uzbekistan!

Target Corporation often offers prices that seem too good to be true - how do they keep their prices so low? Turns out some of Target’s products might be so cheap because they are made with slave-picked cotton from Uzbekistan and/or purchased from Daewoo International, a company that accounts for approximately 20% of all cotton processed in Uzbekistan. Every year, during the harvest season, over a million children and adults – including teachers, nurses and doctors – are ripped out of their homes, schools and jobs, and forced to work in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan to meet daily picking quotas. They are often threatened and beaten, as in the case of 18-year-old Navruz Muyzinov who was reported to have been beaten to death by police officers when he left his assigned cotton field before meeting his quota during the 2012 cotton harvest. Over 100 apparel companies (including Target) from all over the world have taken a stand against slavery in Uzbekistan, pledging to not buy slave-picked Uzbek cotton in an effort to push the Uzbek government to end the enslavement of its people. Now, they’re being called upon to follow up on their pledge by joining the Daewoo Protocol, declining to do business with Daewoo until it takes serious steps to stop sourcing slave-picked Uzbek cotton. We expect more from Target, a company that takes pride in holding the highest ethical standards for itself and for its business partners. So we called and asked them to join the Daewoo Protocol. Target said they didn't need to sign the Daewoo Protocol because they have a “No Uzbek Cotton” policy. But such a policy only works if you're willing to enforce it. If Target is truly serious about keeping slavery out of its stores, it needs to stop doing business with Daewoo by agreeing to implement the Daewoo Protocol – a series of steps companies need to take to eliminate slave-picked cotton from their supply chains. Tell Target to sign the Daewoo Protocol, a serious step toward fighting modern slavery in Uzbekistan.

Freedom United
143,395 supporters
Petitioning Target

Expect More: Tell Target to Stop Supporting Slavery in Uzbekistan!

Target Corporation often offers prices that seem too good to be true - how do they keep their prices so low? Turns out some of Target’s products might be so cheap because they are made with slave-picked cotton from Uzbekistan and/or purchased from Daewoo International, a company that accounts for approximately 20% of all cotton processed in Uzbekistan. Every year, during the harvest season, over a million children and adults – including teachers, nurses and doctors – are ripped out of their homes, schools and jobs, and forced to work in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan to meet daily picking quotas. They are often threatened and beaten, as in the case of 18-year-old Navruz Muyzinov who was reported to have been beaten to death by police officers when he left his assigned cotton field before meeting his quota during the 2012 cotton harvest. Over 100 apparel companies (including Target) from all over the world have taken a stand against slavery in Uzbekistan, pledging to not buy slave-picked Uzbek cotton in an effort to push the Uzbek government to end the enslavement of its people. Now, they’re being called upon to follow up on their pledge by joining the Daewoo Protocol, declining to do business with Daewoo until it takes serious steps to stop sourcing slave-picked Uzbek cotton. We expect more from Target, a company that takes pride in holding the highest ethical standards for itself and for its business partners. So we called and asked them to join the Daewoo Protocol. Target said they didn't need to sign the Daewoo Protocol because they have a “No Uzbek Cotton” policy. But such a policy only works if you're willing to enforce it. If Target is truly serious about keeping slavery out of its stores, it needs to stop doing business with Daewoo by agreeing to implement the Daewoo Protocol – a series of steps companies need to take to eliminate slave-picked cotton from their supply chains. Tell Target to sign the Daewoo Protocol, a serious step toward fighting modern slavery in Uzbekistan.

Freedom United
143,395 supporters
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Petitioning Target

Target: Create Gun Sense Policies in Your Stores

Gun extremists armed with semiautomatic rifles have walked into Target locations around the country, weapons out and loaded, making sure customers saw their guns. It’s often legal to do this, because many states have weak laws that allow people to openly carry around loaded weapons without any permits, training, or background checks. That means it’s up to companies themselves to protect their customers when the law won’t. Yet according to the Wall Street Journal, Target doesn’t have any policies to stop people from carrying weapons in its stores. Target boasts on its website that between 80% and 90% of its customers are women and says that 38% of its customers have children at home -- "or in a red shopping cart with them" -- a statistic they say is higher than any other similar store. And yet, they have no restrictions to keep families safe from customers carrying guns in its stores. The thought of shopping at a place with my kids that allows people to walk around with loaded weapons out in the open makes me want to bring my business elsewhere. But I don’t want to shop somewhere else. I want families to know that wherever they shop, they’ll be safe from dangerous situations. Chipotle, Starbucks, Chili’s, Sonic Drive-In, and Jack in the Box have already responded to petitions from moms and other gun sense supporters asking the stores not to allow guns. Now it’s up to Target to protect families who shop in its stores.

Shannon Watts
94,484 supporters
Petitioning Brian C. Cornell

Tell Target You Expect More And Want Them To Waste Less Food

The power of our collective action has convinced Whole Foods Market and Walmart to start selling ugly produce. Let’s now work together to encourage Target to combat food waste and increase fresh produce access by sourcing, selling and marketing ugly produce. Target says it listens to its customers so let’s give a clear message that we want it to do something simple, effective and good for the retailers’ and its customers bottom line. This can have a major impact, given it is one of America’s largest retailers with about 1,800 U.S. stores. Target already offers lower prices on “regular” produce at its stores and we applaud its efforts on fruit and vegetable prescriptions (FVRx) in Los Angeles and beyond. In the U.S. studies show that almost 90% of people are not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables, the recommended five servings a day. Many American families simply can’t afford enough fresh produce. Yet, we throw away about 25% of all produce before it even reaches the grocery store due mostly to cosmetic standards from large grocers that dictate exactly how fruits and veggies should look. If produce fails to make the grade for size, shape, or color, retailers deem it "ugly" and refuse to sell it in their stores. Billions of pounds of good, healthy produce goes uneaten because it’s not pretty! But this food is perfectly edible. Studies confirm that the “uglies” are equally as nutritious as any produce you get in the store, and, can actually have more taste and nutrition! Stores in Australia, Canada, Europe, have seen success selling many different types of not quite "perfect" produce, offering it at an average of 30% off, and it has increased store traffic and total sales. Giant Eagle in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Hannaford in New York and Whole Foods Market in California have successful “ugly” produce programs, with multiple fruits and vegetables as well. Wouldn’t you buy “ugly” but perfectly delicious and nutritious produce for 30-50% off if you had the chance? So join us and the “ugly fruit & veg revolution” as we ask Target to be part of the solution, not the problem. Tell them to add an ugly produce program to their store aisles so you can save money, fight produce deficiency and help the environment all in one. Culinary Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks and I were successful in petitioning Whole Foods Market to sell ugly produce. And we have received over 150,000 signatures to urge Walmart to sell it as well. We delivered the petition and Walmart started two ugly produce efforts but didn’t commit to anything long-term (Whole Foods did commit). Now we are asking you to call on Target to help stop massive food waste by selling cosmetically “less than perfect” produce. #GetUglyProduce

Jordan Figueiredo
28,663 supporters
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Petitioning Target

Target: Create Gun Sense Policies in Your Stores

Gun extremists armed with semiautomatic rifles have walked into Target locations around the country, weapons out and loaded, making sure customers saw their guns. It’s often legal to do this, because many states have weak laws that allow people to openly carry around loaded weapons without any permits, training, or background checks. That means it’s up to companies themselves to protect their customers when the law won’t. Yet according to the Wall Street Journal, Target doesn’t have any policies to stop people from carrying weapons in its stores. Target boasts on its website that between 80% and 90% of its customers are women and says that 38% of its customers have children at home -- "or in a red shopping cart with them" -- a statistic they say is higher than any other similar store. And yet, they have no restrictions to keep families safe from customers carrying guns in its stores. The thought of shopping at a place with my kids that allows people to walk around with loaded weapons out in the open makes me want to bring my business elsewhere. But I don’t want to shop somewhere else. I want families to know that wherever they shop, they’ll be safe from dangerous situations. Chipotle, Starbucks, Chili’s, Sonic Drive-In, and Jack in the Box have already responded to petitions from moms and other gun sense supporters asking the stores not to allow guns. Now it’s up to Target to protect families who shop in its stores.

Everytown for Gun Safety
94,484 supporters
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Petitioning Target

Remove the TARGET Annie in-store ads if you cannot show better diversity in ALL of your stores!

In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhané Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations? Your recent Annie ads and in-store displays depicts a misleading depiction of the movie as it shows a Caucasion young lady opposed to the star of the film- Quvenzhané Wallis. Though the model is quite professional, she does not speak to the relevance of the movie or main character. The Red Dress is synonymous to Annie and we are not seeing that in any of your ads. When the original Annie came out, everything was about Aileen Quinn or a character/person that emulated her...why not now Target? If you can show it online, show it in ALL of your stores with multiple signage with different girls not one! Having these ads in some Targets is not great marketing- as a matter of fact it is not fair.  Although Annie is a fictitious character, there has been a major uproar from protesters stating that they would not support the movie due to the star being African American. Is the reason whyTarget maliciously hid Quvenzhané Wallis or refused to use an African American girl to depict Annie in their ads?  Why do you feel that we are not enough to portray our beautiful images on your advertisements? If it is a multi-cultural issue, surely you could use her co-stars on some ads and Quvenzhané Wallis or another African American girl on others. Target, do you realize that African-American’s Buying Power Projected to be $1.1 Trillion By 2015 and as per Black Enterprise our group is the second largest racial minority in the country. Enough signatures will diminish your bottomline as it relate to sales. Why does African American actors have to beg for respect, especially as it relates to advertising? When does it stop?  Target it should stop now with this petition! Despite most beliefs, African Americans are capable of portraying more than drug dealers, pimps, and other bastardized portrayals of our culture. Gone are the days that African Americans sang or read lines from behind the scenes while our counterparts lip synced and was viewed as the stars. Quvenzhané Wallis earned that role and we demand your respect. We demand that you immediately pull those misleading adsyand distribute the diverse ads to all of  your stores. Also and give Quvenzhané Wallis her due respect as well as other little girls who aspire to be like her by displaying an ad of an African American girl in the red dress and locket. Being African American is not ugly, it is not bad and we are sellable!  These grossly misleading ads are adding to the divide and does not give young African American girls aspiring to become actors anything to be optimistic about. Please show more diversity within your stores and depict a variety of races as you did with your online ads. Everyone does not have access to internet- plus the younger fans may not be allowed to use internet. With Quvenzhané Wallis attending your Target launch, don't you think that ALL Target stores should have the same signs to embrace all? In addition, that special "Red Dress" is synonymous to Annie- not a random model that does not look like her! It would also be proper for you to apologize to Quvenzhané Wallis- that was utterly disrespectful. Signed  Concious Consumers that had enough

LaSean Rinique
16,353 supporters
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Petitioning Target

Remove Milkscreen Breastfeeding Assessment Test from store Shelves.

We live in a culture surrounded by misinformation and doubt when it comes to breastfeeding. We are just now raising awareness that 'breast is best' in a culture that has been led to believe for years, by the formula industry, that mothers in some way or another are incapable of providing proper nutrition for their babies, or that for some reason breast feeding is indecent or offensive.One of the biggest problems still out there is the doubt of a new mother being able to supply enough milk for her children. I was shocked to find out that Target sells a “Breastfeeding Assessment Test” that claims to tell mom’s if they are producing enough milk.   This "test" relies on the mother pumping milk to see if she is producing "enough". A pump is not a baby. The fact is that most women can not pump the same quantity of breast milk that they produce by nursing directly. This product preys on and profits from the doubt and insecurities of a new mother and will only cast doubt on her ability to successfully breastfeed. If a mother is concerned about her production she should spend her money on a lactation consultant or someone qualified to teach her how to know if her baby is getting enough to eat not waste it on a scam which will only urge her to turn to formula. Please sign my petition to tell Target they should show their support for breastfeeding mothers by removing this product and stop supporting a company who is only trying to profit from and mislead a new mother. Those interested in keeping up to date with this can "like" our page on Facebook. "Mothers Against Milkscreen Breastfeeding Assessment Test". Get in touch with us at mothersagainstmilkscreen@aol.com.

Jaqui Wilridge
11,993 supporters
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Petitioning Target

Support Target and End the War on Transgender Americans!

Transgender Americans are among the most vulnerable people in the nation - they face an epidemic of violence, particularly transgender women of color. Transgender youth face staggering levels of abuse - abuse that translates into high rates of depression and anxiety, often resulting in suicide. Target has done the right thing and affirmed the right of transgender people to use the facilities that match their gender identity. It is time to stand up to the lies and the hate: transgender people are not a threat, they are just fellow human beings who want their basic dignity and humanity recognized.  Please show your support for Target, and show them that GOOD values means GOOD business! We also call on ALL corporations to do the same and openly support the right of transgender people to use the facilities that match their gender identity.

N A
4,967 supporters
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Petitioning Target

Remove gender coding (pink and blue) walls from toy aisles.

The colored walls immediately insinuate that there are "boy toys" and girl toys". This is not the first petition asking for this--Please look: Over a thousand signatures: https://www.change.org/p/gregg-w-steinhafel-chairman-stop-segregating-your-toy-aisle Over 4,000 signatures here:https://www.change.org/p/toys-r-us-stop-marketing-gender-stereotypes-to-children Almost one hundred here on this brand new petition:https://www.change.org/p/walmart-target-toys-r-us-etc-to-get-rid-of-a-girls-side-and-boy-side-in-toy-sections-of-stores More than 700 here:https://www.change.org/p/u-s-toy-stores-stop-separating-toys-into-boys-and-girls-sections Target is contributing to gender stereotypes and gender segregation by having pink and blue pegboards to identify particular toys (and aisles) as "girl toys" and "boy toys". It has been proven that not only is this bad for our childrens' self-esteem and intellectual prowess, but also contributes to bullying and ostracism.  Target has already been called out for this behavior. Another petition similar to this one was delivered but with just over 1,000 signatures. As far as I can tell, they didn't listen.  Ultimately, we would like to see Target sort toys by subject, the same way we do books, but we understand this is a difficult task to jump right into so we would like them to just take the first step right now, which is simply removing thegender coding colored walls.  All toys should be available for all children. A boy should not feel unwelcome or dissuaded to explore baking toys because they are in an aisle that has been predefined as being "for girls" by being smothered in hot pink. He has probably already heard by boys at school that pink is for girls and therefore, he will immediately reject this aisle only to find out that there are no cooking options for him in his designated, "boy toys" aisle.  Our girls bypass the blue aisles only to find they have no Legos or construction vehicles. Instead, the wall is lined with cooking, cleaning, and baby doll toys in that order, contributing to the harmful gender stereotype that: women are domestic creatures.  The water toy aisle pegboard walls are lined with aqua and white reflections.  The U.S. handmade toys in a yellow aisle. These colors are obviously meant to color code the aisles and the toys that are in them. Using gender stereotypes is NOT an acceptable way to organize toys that should be for all children.  Not only is this bad for children, it is bad for business. Open your toy aisles to all children and you will see a change not only in your profits but in the world as well. Target, YOU can lead the way and say sexism is not o.k. and no child should question their own desires and wishes to drive a garbage truck, cook, clean, or construct buildings. Please sign this petition. We all want only what is best for our children for they are our future engineers, stay at home dads, chefs, and mothers. They need to know they can be anyone and anything they want to be from the very start. UPDATE: If you are here questioning the validity of this concern, please actually read more about the issue. There are several links to some very good articles above. If you are questioning it because you believe your child doesn't have this problem, congratulations! That's awesome, but know that your child's experience is not representative of all children. Children are being bullied, harassed, physical tormented, and ostracized at school and at home. Dozens are driven to suicide everyday as a result. A lot of this comes from incidents such as a boy wearing a pink backpack. That comes from gender stereotypes, those stereotypes are solidified and encouraged by practices such as Target's.  That crushes me and I can't imagine not addressing at least one root cause of this and I just can't understand anyone who isn't interested in doing the same.  It is very difficult to admit that we do not directly create trends but instead, are manipulated into continuing them and that is what we have done because let's face it: It's easier to not say anything and just keep shopping than it is to stand up for what is right and maybe have to sacrifice some convenience. I believe our children and future adults deserve better. It didn't used to be this way. It doesn't have to be now.  I never want to see another little boy second guess his instinct to get a doll from the pink aisle because his father leads the way to the blue aisle. I never want to hear another little girl say "Nevermind then" when told that the microscopes are in the 'boy's aisle' and if you've never witnessed that, you're lucky but all you have to do is stand in a toy section for 10 minutes and I guarantee it will happen.    Are there other perpetrators of this? Of course! And we can only hope they will follow suit when Target decides to lead the way and prove that enabling the gender bias doesn't pay. Please read more on the subject: ‘But what about our boys?’ The other gender equity crisis The value of playing with baby dolls It's Time We All Think Outside of the Gender Box The Limits of Sex-Segregated Marketing The Most Outrageous Ways Schools Are Trying To Enforce Gender Stereotypes Making girls wear pink is WRONG: Education expert says colour-coding children by gender is damaging And there has actually been a victory! Do You Want a Girl Toy or a Boy Toy? McDonald’s Says Workers Won’t Ask Another victory for Australian online customers!-  

Wendi Kent
3,245 supporters