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Petitioning Richard J. Durbin, Reddit, SM el Rey Don Felipe VI, American Red Cross, Roy Blunt, Amber Rudd MP, Rick Scott, Rahul Gandhi, National Rifle Association, Don Young, Zoe Lofgren, Roberto Fico, ESPN, A...

Nominate Iranian Women for Nobel Peace Prize for courageously arising for Women's Right

  For the last 43 years, women in Iran have lost their basic human rights.  This includes social, economic, legal as well as basic cultural rights.  Not only are they treated significantly inferior to men, the simple thought of standing up for their rights literally means endangering their very lives.  Indeed, the teachings of some of the major and influential clergy in Iran sees women as "animals" created purely to serve men and their needs and wants.  Women's plight in Iran Recently, the hijab (full head covering) has become an important  symbol of this oppression of women in Iran.  This demand by the Islamic Regime of Iran and its clergy has been violently enforced through beatings, vehement pulling of their hair, dragging them on the ground by their hair, rape and other atrocities and clear violation their basic human rights.  The enforcement is devastating for any human being at anytime in human history but it is exponentially more devastating for every citizen of the world to think that it is happening now, this day and this moment as one reads this, in 2022. During the last few months, multitudes of courageous heroines of all ages and backgrounds rose up in Iran, risking their lives, risking their personal safety, facing the risk of rape and gross sexual abuses and detention under inhumane and horrible conditions to demand their rights to be able to simply choose to wear the hijab or not.  Although many of the social, economic, cultural, marital and other oppressive laws and practices in Iran are severely enforced today supported by their ideas that women are less than men, all the Iranian women are demanding is the simple right to choose to wear the hijab or not.  The patience and fortitude that the Iranian women have shown over the last 43 years under great oppression and the courage that they have shown in the last few weeks literally in the face of possible death, beating and rape should be an example to all the women and girls throughout the world for many generations.  If their life endangering, self sacrificing stand against oppression for their basic human rights today is not worthy of the Nobel Prize, I don’t know what can ever be.   Jane Addams, the American heroine won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for her wonderful work towards women’s rights in United States.   Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Prize in 1991 for her pro-democracy work in Myanmar. Rigoberta Menchú won the Nobel Prize in 1992 for her advocacy work of Mayan rights and culture. Nadia Murad, Yazidi activist from northern Iraq who escaped enslavement by theIslamic State and led campaign against sexualviolence as a weapon of war won the Nobel Prize in 2018. The heroines in Iran in 2022, together risking their safety and their very lives, have courageously stood up for women’s rights, have collectively raised their voices for democracy, have fearlessly arisen for their national rights and culture, and have selflessly stood against the use of sexual violence as a weapon by oppressor for themselves, for their countrymen and most importantly for future generations of Iranian women so they are not born into a society systematically designed to oppress women.   Today, there is no more fitting and deserving recipient for the Nobel Prize and we humbly request that the Iranian women in Iran collectively be considered to be honored for their sacrifices and for their fearless actions.

Nassim Bayat
56,230 supporters
Petitioning USA Gymnastics, Procter & 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, “#Metoo,” 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 Procter & Gamble AT&T Under Armour Hershey’s NBC Sports United Airlines

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi
26,840 supporters
Petitioning Glen T. Senk, CEO

Remove the "Navajo" Collection from Stores!

Urban Outfitters “Navajo Collection” clothing and accessories is not only culturally offensive but also illegal.  I find these items to be culturally offensive. Not just to the Navajo people, but to all people of color who find themselves starting at cheap, vulgar, knockoffs of ideas, dress, and culture that are a way of life.  Despite the offensiveness of their line of products, Urban Outfitters has refused to remove these items from their stores or websites!Did I mention this is also illegal? The Federal Trade Commission Act and Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, "prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts produced within the United States" and states the following: "It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States." None of the items on their website or in their stores are made by Native peoples. Nor do any proceeds go to the betterment of the Navajo Nation. No Navajo people were apparently consulted about this line of offensive material either.Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Urban Outfitters has sold offensive products.  In January 2004, Urban Outfitters offends Jewish people for selling a T-shirt that says “Everyone Loves a Jewish Girl” surrounded by dollar signs, perpetuating a negative stereotype of Jews. The company discontinued the shirt after a complaint from the Anti-Defamation League. In January 2007, Urban Outfitters pulls kaffiyehs from stores after a blogger criticized the retailer’s decision to label the garment an “anti-war woven scarf.” According to the New York Times, the blogger posted photos of terrorists wearing the tasseled scarves, and the company pulled them from stores with the explanation, “Due to the sensitive nature of this item, we will no longer offer it for sale. We apologize if we offended anyone, this was by no means our intention.”I am deeply distressed by your company’s mass marketed collection of distasteful and racially demeaning apparel and décor. I take personal offense to the blatant racism and perverted cultural appropriation your store features this season as “fashion.”  I find the actions of Urban Outfitters and indeed society's desire for Native cultural genocide despicable. So tell Urban Outfitters that it is NOT okay to blatantly disrespect Native cultures and perpetuate bias, stereotypes, and discrimination in this country and call for them to dismantle this line immediately!For More Information on Sasha Houston Brown and her open letter to Urban Outfitters please go to:

Tiffanie Wilson
16,417 supporters
Petitioning The Hershey Company, Mars, Michele Buck, Martin Radvan, Irene Rosenfeld, Emily Strobel, Mary-Ann Somers, Brian Graubard

Save thousands of dogs’ lives: #GetXylitolOut of your sugar-free gums

Hershey, Wrigley, and Mondelēz, Your sugar-free gums are injuring & killing thousands of dogs each year. A simple change on your part can help put a stop to this. Every year, all around the world, thousands of dogs are sickened and killed when they eat xylitol-containing sugar free gum. Below are just a few of the recent news accounts about dogs that were unfortunate enough to have a run-in with a xylitol-containing gum: “Popular ingredient in diet food causes dog deaths and illnesses” (June 2, 2017) “Woman warns pet owners after dog nearly killed by sugar-free gum” (May 17, 2017) “Warning after dog poisoned with chewing gum in Halfway” (April 16, 2017) “Dog almost dies after eating five packets of chewing gum” (April 13, 2017) “Dog suffers seizures after eating 52 pieces of gum” (Feb 20, 2017) While your gums are obviously not intended for (or marketed to) dogs, dogs are never-the-less being sickened and killed by your gums on a daily basis. In 2016, the FDA released an updated warning about xylitol and dogs. As a result of this warning, and the many newspaper and blog articles about the danger, awareness has increased in recent years. Many more people now know that while it may be good for their teeth, and therefore have a place in gums, xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Sadly though, this increased awareness seems to have done little to stem the rising tide of xylitol poisoning cases in dogs, most of which arise from dogs eating xylitol-containing gum. Clearly, something more needs to be done. To truly protect dogs everywhere, we need you to stop using xylitol in your gums. We even believe there to be a safe, comparable, and proven replacement. Xylitol’s sugar alcohol “cousin,” erythritol, has been shown to be both non-toxic to dogs and better at protecting teeth. Chronic (1-year) Oral Toxicity Study of Erythritol in Dogs – Regulatory Toxicology Pharmacology, 1996 Oct;24(2 Pt 2):S254-60 Erythritol Is More Effective Than Xylitol and Sorbitol in Managing Oral Health Endpoints – International Journal of Dentistry, 2016 More studies & information about erythritol can be found here While we have just recently learned of erythritol, you are no doubt already aware of it and even know how to use it in gums (given the numerous erythritol-related patents held by your companies, as well as erythritol’s use in a few gums already available in other countries). While looking into erythritol, we also found that recent technologic advances have even helped to decrease production time, increase production yields, and drop the price of erythritol. It would appear that there really are no good reasons for you not to make the switch, and several thousand for you to. Hershey, Wrigley, and Mondelēz, you are multinational companies that collectively dominate the sugar-free gum market. We suspect—and truly hope—that your wish is to help your customers protect their teeth without unnecessarily endangering their dogs in the process. So we are asking you to #GetXylitolOut of your gums. All of us, and all of our dogs, are counting on you to make this important change. Thank you in advance, Preventive Vet and dog lovers everywhere

Preventive Vet
3,204 supporters
Petitioning The Hershey Company, Michele Buck, Damien Atkins, Printpack , Steve Voskuil, Terence O'Day, Rohit Grover, Todd W. Tillemans, Kevin Walling, Mary Beth West, The Hershey Company's Board of Directors

Hershey’s: eliminate single-use plastic wrappers

We, Hershey’s customers, ask The Hershey Company to eliminate its use of single-use plastic wrappers from its products, including Hershey's Bars, Jolly Ranchers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and other confectionaries. The tide is turning against plastic pollution, with recent campaigns against plastic straws, plastic bags, and other single-use plastic products. We believe that Hershey’s has a role to play in reducing its pollution footprint by eliminating its single-use plastic wrappers in favor of more sustainable alternatives. Hershey’s has the ability to make a difference. As a large corporation with billions of dollars in net sales [1], Hershey’s is not only a key player in the confectionery industry, but also a large producer of plastic wrappers that end up in landfills in the best case, and littering our streets, waterways, and oceans in the worst. Hershey’s actions should match its promise of sustainability. In Hershey’s 2018 Sustainability Report [2], Hershey’s indicated that it is focused on creating “Reductions in GHGs, total waste, packaging waste and water use.” In order for Hershey’s to successfully achieve this goal, switching away from single-use plastic wrappers is paramount. Hershey’s has plenty of alternatives to single-use plastics. For example, starting in 2019, Nestlé plans to use paper packaging for its Yes! snack bar, and Smarties will have plastic-free packaging as well. Other alternatives include biodegradable or compostable wrappers [3]. Opening up a plastic bag of Jolly Ranchers only to reveal candies individually wrapped with plastic is upsetting. Tearing open a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup only to have to discard the plastic wrapper is frustrating. Let us enjoy your candies without the environmental consequences of single-use plastic wrappers. Hershey’s, we love your candies, but we are disappointed with the way you package them. Sources: 1, 2: 3:

2,536 supporters