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Petitioning Doug McMillon

Stop contributing to massive food waste in the US

What the Fork Are You Doing With Your Produce, Walmart and Whole Foods?   In 2013, a staggering 17.5 million households faced hunger. Part of the problem is the prohibitively high price of produce. Many low income American families simply can’t afford fresh fruits and vegetables. Yet, we throw away nearly 26% 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. Culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, author of What the Fork Are You Eating? and co-starter of this petition, confirms that the “uglies” are equally as nutritious as any produce you get in the store, and, in fact, smaller produce can actually have more taste! I’m Jordan Figueiredo, a solid waste specialist, and founder of UglyFruitandVeg.org. Together with Stefanie Sacks, we are asking you to call on Whole Foods and Walmart to help stop massive food waste by agreeing to sell cosmetically “less than perfect” produce. We want Walmart and Whole Foods to combat food waste by marketing ugly produce as they do traditional produce using a fun campaign like the French supermarket giant Intermarche did with its “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables Campaign.” Stores in Europe, Australia, and Canada have started selling not quite "perfect" produce, offering it at an average of 30% off, and it has increased store traffic and total sales. In the U.S. Raley's has also started a pilot selling ugly produce. We are asking two of America’s largest retailers to do something simple, effective and good for the retailers’ and customers’ bottom line. This is truly low-hanging fruit in terms of its environmental and social benefits. One out of six Americans is food insecure, and more than four out of five is produce-deficient. With statistics like this, it is simply irresponsible to encourage waste of good, healthy and perfectly edible food. Join the “ugly fruit and veg revolution” and let’s ask Walmart and Whole Foods to be part of the solution, not the problem. Tell them to add the “uglies” to their store aisles so you can save money, fight hunger and help the environment all in one. The solution might look ugly, but the result will be something beautiful. #WhatTheFork

The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
111,067 supporters
Petitioning Target, Walmart, Sprouts , Whole Foods, King Soopers, Safeway, Natural Grocers, Vitamin Cottage, Tony's Market, Dollar Tree

Supermarkets Need to Stop Using Plastic Bags to Save the Oceans

  https://youtu.be/3CK_inDmuoU (A Sea of Plastic: Shocking images show how bottles, bags and rubbish are choking our oceans) I would like to encourage super markets to stop using plastic bags. Plastic bags contribute greatly to the pollution of the planet. Over one trillion plastic bags are discarded annually. There is an estimated 40,000 plastic bags per square mile in the ocean. The production of plastic reached over 300 million tons in the year 2014, and is expected to rise over 200 million tons by the year 2050. Fish, oceanic mammals, and birds ingest these plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish or other substances. The bags fill their intestines and stomachs and give the ocean organisms a full feeling. The animals no longer wish to eat anything and eventually die of starvation. It is a slow and painful death for them. https://youtu.be/0EyaTqezSzs (The Great Pacific Garbage Patch- Explainer) The goal of this petition is to end the use of plastic bags in supermarkets all together. Other environmentally friendly alternatives can be used. In certain states a charge for the usage of plastic bags is in place. States like California for example charge a 10 cent fee for every plastic bag needed. Charging a fee for the use of plastic bags has shown results, but the environmental issue still stands strong. The oceans are still filled with millions of floating plastic bags. People should be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to the supermarkets. A partial solution stands for the reduction of the use of plastic bags. Biodegradable bags have recently been created. However, several problems linger with these biodegradable plastics. The plastics require specific environmental conditions to break down. Some of the plastics also contain toxins that are harmful to the environment. Even though the plastics are biodegradable, they still linger in the sea and on land for hundreds of years. Plastic bags in our canals, rivers, and oceans are a huge problem, that will not be solved overnight. However, substantial steps can be taken in order to prevent further damage of our environment and the organisms which live within it. https://youtu.be/HQTUWK7CM-Y (How we Can Keep Plastic out of the Ocean- National Geographic) There are two directions which could be taken in order to prevent any further pollution. The first, less expensive option, is encouraging people to start using reusable, biodegradable bags. The use of plastic bags in supermarkets would be eliminated. If plastic bags were taken away from super markets, people would be required to use their own bags. The second option for the destruction of plastic bags is biodegradable starch bags. They are renewable and can be composted along with other materials. The starch bags can decompose entirely. These starch bags are labeled ‘EN13432’. This code is put on all products which have been verified as non-harming products. They can biodegrade at the same rate as home compost or within 60 days in a commercial compost system. These starch bags are being tested in countries which have had the greatest effect on plastic pollution such as Indonesia.   Supermarkets should have two available options for consumers. The first being starch bags being provided at the customers expense. Each bag would cost several cents for the consumer. The second option is that consumers shall use their own reusable shopping bags. Reusable shopping bags will eliminate waste almost completely and do not require to be decomposed at home or commercially. If we want our children to grow up and continue to enjoy the beauty of the oceans, change must be made. If we want to grow up in a better, cleaner world, plastic bags must be taken away from super markets. The elimination of plastic bags will save the oceans of the earth over 4 trillion pounds each year.        Links to sources related to my topic- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/25/supermarkets-agree-ban-unnecessary-single-use-plastic-packaging/http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42652937https://www.thoughtco.com/why-stop-using-plastic-bags-1204167  

Sasha Borovok
19,704 supporters
Petitioning Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Boyan Slat, U.S. House of Representatives, Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Theresa May MP

Get rid of usage of plastic bags in all supermarkets in NYC

ProblemThough grocery stores and supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's use recyclable paper bags for people to carry, many other supermarkets still use plastic bags as a cheaper and easier way for people to carry their groceries. According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter. Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.Every minute, one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean. Yearly, a colossal 1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in our beautiful oceans.Every second, a massive amount of 160,000 plastic bags are being produced and used. By the end of this year, we will have used 5 billion plastic bags. According to The World Count of these 5 billion bags, 5 million of them will make their way into the ocean either indirectly due to things like poor waste management, or directly by people who unfortunately do not know the significant consequences to the environment from their actions.SolutionWe can start with only a few supermarkets and eventually go mainstream, but in the end the goal is to pass a bill - a long term plastic waste plan - so all grocery stores and supermarkets in New York City, New York State and maybe even all of America provide recyclable paper bags. These supermarkets can also offer canvas bags and totes for other people to buy that they can use to carry their groceries home. The ultimate solution, not to trash in the ocean but to plastic bags in supermarkets, is to make all supermarket bags recyclable or compostable - before it's too late. This will make the bags more environment friendly and make it easier to recycle or reuse them, as well as possibly even motivate New Yorkers to come together to remind people to reuse, recycle and reduce, to save the environment and solve this problem.

Dasha Smirnova
8,561 supporters
Petitioning The Honorable Ken Calvert, Rep. Ken Calvert, Donald J. Trump, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, ...

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population. **The Los Angeles County count found a 24% increase in homeless youth, defined as people under 25, and a 7% jump in people 62 or older.Officials estimate about 29% of people experiencing homelessness in the county are mentally ill or coping with substance abuse problems. About two-thirds of all people on the streets of metro Los Angeles are male, just under one-third are female, and about 2% identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. This year’s Count revealed that 23% of the unsheltered people experiencing homelessness—more than 9,200 people—were homeless for the first time last year. The majority (53%) cited economic hardship as the cause.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. **Updated 9/19** In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 12% in a year to just shy of 59,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. Within the city, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 16% increase. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. We need: *Provide 50,000 more vouchers, through a combination of Housing Choice Vouchers and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, two longstanding key programs that provide needed rental subsidies for extremely low-income Americans; *Increse the value of those vouchers to account for the high cost of rents in America’s cities and counties; and, *Create a program based on best-practices to incentivize landlords to work with voucher holders to find stable housing Specifically, we urge you to implement the following recommendations: (1) Create a system for secure storage of the personal property of people experiencing homelessness. Without reasonable provision for the storage and safety of homeless people’s possessions (for example, a site with a tub or shopping cart - sized public locker system), homeless encampments are inevitable. (2) Meet the basic medical and hygienic needs of the homeless people in our midst. Beyond simply assuring access to public restrooms throughout our cities / county during the day, we ask that you: a) Establish a system of easily accessible medical / hygienic facilities (perhaps through medical vans or hygienic equivalents) to be made available to homeless people during the day, so that they could be treated for simple ailments like colds or the flu, as well as have their persons and their belongings “deloused” (freed from bed bugs / lice) b) Establish a system of infirmaries and, if needed, one-night quarantine wards for those arriving ill or infested with bugs, so that homeless persons arriving at the shelters for the night can become confident that they will not simply contract the flu or pests while sleeping at the shelters. (3) Do not close shelters (that is, do not expel the people that the shelters are serving) before a reasonable hour (7-8 am). No one should be forced to leave a shelter at 5 or 6 am, literally into the cold and darkness, before most other businesses and services open. (4) Establish a system of “day centers,” often called “multipurpose centers,” so that people experiencing homelessness have safe places to go to during the day where they could have many of the above mentioned needs met, as well have places to receive counseling, access to phones and computers with internet access for jobs, possible family and/or friends to reconnect  or simply to rest /recreate. (5) Respect the right of people experiencing homelessness to file complaints against homeless service providers and allow them to document the problems and complaints they have about the shelters through photography, video, or audio recordings MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED NOW ! Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice.  No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Every single man, woman, child, baby deserves a safe place to call home. Along with their cats, dogs, birds, fish, and all the other additional animals types that are "family pets/companionship and should be lovingly taken cherished in a home also. Please then Share this petition with your family, friends, neighbors, and on your social media to spread the word even further.  Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
5,219 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Press Response

Village Voice Advertisers: Pull Advertisement until Backpage.com Adult Section is Shut Down

Companies who have dropped Village Voice Media:  Starbucks, Macy's, Crown Imports, MillerCoors, AT&T, LiveNation, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC Film Forum, High Times, Children's Wish Foundation International, Relativity Media, REI, American Airlines, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Buddy Stubbs, Harley Davidson, Harkins Theatre, Park Avenue Church, Carnegie Hall, NY Public Radio, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, IKEA, Miami Dolphins, H&M, Best Buy, T-Mobile, US Bank, LG, ASPCA, SF MOMA, IHOP, Lincoln Center, Guggenheim Museum, Seattle Art Museum ------------- On Backpage.com, there are countless adults and minors being trafficked every day through the ads posted. Traffickers may falsify photos, ages, and certainly identity, or have other adults or minors 'available' as an addition or alternative to the person posted. It is extremely easy for them to circumvent any existing and lacking laws and policies that prohibit this. Although Village Voice cooperates with police with investigation, there are so few that are actually captured per the hundreds of adults and children that are exploited every single night, who are forced to suffer through 5 to 20 acts of intruisive, illlicit sexual acts, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (minus days where the victim has been too ill or injured from abuse to perform). I'm addressing this to the following top advertisers: American Apparel, Cirque de Soleil, Disney, Lululemon, Warner Brothers, Whole Foods, LA Philharmonic, foursquare and Hooters. Each advertiser addressed in this is considered prominent among Village Voice supporters and in America at large. You all make such an impact on our society, our culture. With that influence comes grave responsibility. Your decisions impact thousands of people every day. This not only includes your products, but also the principles you stand on and advocate. So, I urge you to consider, in the comfort of the fruit of your labors, those who have been forced into a life of modern day sexual slavery. You, from right where you are, have the opportunity to make a vital impact on their lives, their futures. You will be able to say that you and your company has good moral conscience for the well-being of all, and you will have stood up for those who can't stand up for themselves. As an avid movie-goer enjoying Warner Brothers and Disney pictures so many times, I would be more than proud to say that you all took a stand for these precious ones, and I would certainly be a far more reaching advertiser for you in the process!! What do you say? This is an amazing opportunity, not only for you, but most importantly for these adults and children. Tell Village Voice respectfully that you cannot support a website that is a seedbed of facilitating the exploitation of your and our sisters and children. Many blessings to you and favor upon your company for years to come as you take this to heart and make the decision to pull advertisement until Village Voice pulls Backpage.com.

Lily Munroe
4,799 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Whole Foods

Stop Marc Gafni from Abusing Again

For the sake of the truth. For the sake of those whose voices have been silenced for too long. For the sake of those who have been needlessly hurt. For the sake of those who may be... if we don’t act now. We, the undersigned, have been made aware of the many, repeated and serious allegations, both public and private, former and recent, against Marc (Mordechai) Gafni that violate the ethical standards and sacred responsibility which governs the relationship between religious teacher and student. The Jewish tradition teaches us that the pursuit of justice obligates us to not stand idly by when a fellow human being is in danger, whether that danger be physical, spiritual or psychological. We do not constitute a panel of judges nor do we seek retribution. As a group of religious and communal leaders, we are motivated by the obligation embedded in the belief that whoever saves a single life, it is as if they have saved a whole world. Marc Gafni has left a trail of pain, suffering, and trauma amongst the people and congregations who were unfortunate to have trusted him. He has abused his extraordinary intellectual gifts and charisma to harm many who came to him in search of spiritual guidance and teaching. He has used professional alliances to legitimize himself by association, and thereby be able to continue creating more harm. As a result Marc Gafni is neither trusted, respected, nor welcome to teach virtually anywhere in Judaism. In community after community, those who have trusted him have had their trust betrayed. Some of those who sign here were severely mislead and even once defenders of Gafni's integrity only to see that we too had been deceived. For decades now, Gafni has behaved in ways that violate every ethical and legal standard known to us; his misdeeds go far beyond what was reported in the New York Times. Recognizing we are part of one humanity who must protect one another, we share this statement in order to prevent future harm to those who may be exposed to him, and as a protest against any individuals, organizations, or institutions that support or endorse him as a teacher or leader. Complicity in giving Gafni a platform is a violation of our tradition's highest ethical and moral standards: "Justice, Justice shall you pursue" and "Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor." We, along with all who sign this petition, stand together with those who were his victims and call upon those who support Marc (Mordechai) Gafni to cut all financial and institutional ties with him. Today, we stand together in saying ‘Enough! No More’ to the trail of pain and poison of one who teaches spirituality but acts with absolute disregard for those teachings. Signed in solidarity,  Rabbi Aaron Alexander Rabbi Rachel Barenblatt Rabbi Mordechai Bar-On Rabbi Samuel Barth Adam Berman, Executive Director of Urban Adamah Rabbi Phyllis Berman Rabbi Saul J. Berman Susan Berrin, editor-in-chief, Sh'ma Rabbi Noah Benjamin Bickart Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton Esther Sadie Brandon Rabbi Gil Brociner Rabbi Sharon Brous  Rabbi Meredith Cahn Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Rabbi Menachem Creditor David Curiel Rabbi Tova Dodi Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein Rabbi Ohad Ezrachi Rabbi Josh Feigelson Shir Yaakov Feit Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer Rabbi Tirzah Firestone Rabbi Donna Friedman Rabbi Pamela Frydman Rabbi Ruth Gan-Kagan Rabbi Jonah Geffen Rabbi Jordie Gerson Rabbi Dr. Laura Gold  Rabbi Shefa Gold Rabbi Dan Goldblatt Rabbi Yosef Goldman Rabbi Owen Gottlieb Rabbi Ben Goldstein Rabbi Sam Gordon Rabbi Victor Gross Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman Steven Hassan Rabbi Joel Hecker Rabbi Shai Held Rabbi Jacob Herber Rabbi Jason Herman Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann Rabbi David Hoffman Rabbi T'mimah Audrey Ickovits Eve Ilsen Rabbi David A. Ingber Rabbi Shaya Isenberg Stephanie Ives Rabbi Jill Jacobs Michael Kagan Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster Rabbi David Kalb Reb Zusha Kalet Rabbi Min Kantrowitz Rabbi Sam Kaste lRabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Rabbi Rachel Kobrin Rabbi Deb Kolodny Rabbi Claudia Kreiman Lorelai Kude Dr.Yehuda Kurtzer Rabbi Daniel Landes Rabbi Michael Adam Latz Amichai Lau-Lavie Rabbi Ebn Leader Rabbi Mordechai Leibling Naomi Less Rabbi Martin Levson Rabbi Rebecca Lillian Rabbi Dov Linzer Rabbi Dr. Shaul Magid Kay Magilavy, Treasurer, Afikei Ruah (Formerly American Friends of Bayit Chadash) Rabbi Paula Marcus Rabbi Jeffrey Marker Rabbi David Markus Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson Rabbi Diana Miller Rabbi Jason Miller Rabbi Leana Moritt Jacob Ner-David Rabbi Jen Newmark Rabbi Mark Novak Rabbi Yael Ridberg Rhonda Rosenheck Rabbi Michael Ross Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg Nigel Savage, CEO of Hazon Basya Schechter Shoshana Schechter-Shaffin, Executive Director of ALEPH Rabbi Dale Schreiber Rabbi Dr Elyse Seidner-Joseph Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser Rabbi Andy Shugerman Rabbi Karen Silberman Rabbi Brent Spodek Meira Bracha Michele Stahl Sumka Rabbi Adam Starr Bahira Sugarman Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Rabbi Moshe Waldoks Rabbi Arthur Waskow Rabbi Seth Wax Rabbi Debi Wechsler Rabbi Melissa Starr Wenig Rabbi Avi Weiss Rabbi David Zaslow Rabbi Ziona Zelazo Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman Rabbi Mishael Zion Noam Zion Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower     

David Ingber
3,638 supporters