Stop Lewisham Mayor attack on Ceo Ian Thomas

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Sharon Cummings
2 years ago
Discrimination should always be addressed, even more so when displayed in a professional environment or, place of work. Enough already people!

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Anne Schuman
2 years ago
There should be no mysteries - we should be able to be advised as to why Ian Thomas left our Council.

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g gwilliamson
2 years ago
To stop these attacks on senior black male who has an excellent record. The last bame was Joe Montgomery in 90s. Our youth's need senior bame role models...STOP this attacks Lewisham

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Tanya Barman
2 years ago
I’m a resident and unsure of what lay behind the short term

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Bernice Ogundele
2 years ago
I am signing this petition because l want the council to grow

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Lilian Martins
2 years ago
That's the place for him and no one

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Michael Clarke
2 years ago
I am signing because as a lifelong Lewisham resident, I truly want to know and understand why someone in demand elsewhere (and just made a CBE in the New Years Honours List) had to give up being LBL Chief Exec as a result of a change of Mayor

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Jennifer Elliott
2 years ago
I believe that there has been a cover up

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Anita Kanitz
2 years ago
“The silence was killing me.

And that's all there ever was. Silence. It was all I knew. Keep quiet. Pretend nothing had happened, that nothing was wrong. And look how well that was turning out.”
― J. Lynn, Wait for You

“Making someone feel obligated, pressured or forced into doing something of a sexual nature that they don't want to is sexual coercion. This includes persistent attempts at sexual contact when the person has already refused you. Nobody owes you sex, ever; and no means no, always.”
― Miya Yamanouchi , Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

I am signing this petition in memory of the two women who have been brutally murdered by their partners in the past two years. I knew them both well, they were friendly and nice people and they do not deserve to die in that bestial way. One woman was the mother of two primary school children. This violence has to stop.

#MeToo: Thousands march in Paris to protest sexual harassment

November 2018, France: Thousands of people in France have taken the 'Me Too' online campaign to the streets. The hashtag has been used by millions of women worldwide to highlight and protest against endemic sexual harassment.
Thousands of people in France have taken the "Me Too" online campaign to the streets.

The hashtag has been used by millions of women worldwide to highlight and protest against endemic sexual harassment.

It was triggered by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the Hollywood producer accused of sexually assaulting and raping many actresses and subordinates over a number of years.

The French government has recently acknowledged the scale of the issue and proposed new legislation to combat sexual harassment and assault in France.

Since Twitter’s birth over a decade ago, it has progressed as a platform for feminists to spread social justice. The power of the hashtag has enabled these messages to spread around the world.

Hastags against the every day violence against women and girls:

Here are five feminist hashtags that will make you proud to be a woman.

1 #TallGirlTwitter

#TallGirlTwitter is the most recent feat in Twitter body-positivity trend. Under this hashtag, you can find hundreds of women showing themselves a little self-love and thousands of other women supporting them. With self-confident selfie captions like “5’10 & I got all yo girlfriends looking up to me” it’s hard not to see this tag and feel encouraged, too..

#ToTheGirls

#ToTheGirls was a hashtag started by young adult fiction novelist Courtney Summers as an effort to incite an open exchange of advice and love between women. Older, wiser women are using the hashtag to impart wisdom and strength to encourage younger girls who may be experiencing the same troubles they had to push through. If you haven’t smiled yet today, this tag is sure to do the trick.

#RedMyLips

#RedMyLips is a campaign started by the RedMyLips Organization, a nonprofit that strives to end sexual assault and eradicate victim blaming. Users get involved by first registering with redmylips.org, wearing red lipstick and snapping a selfie to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. RedMyLips then emphasizes that the next step is seeking support. Once you do so, you become a RedMyLips warrior and can join a network of support that stretches across 99 countries.

One testimonial comes from a Johannesburg juvenile prison, in which warrior Janine Shamos wore red lipstick to her weekly session with 18 male juvenile offenders. Many of the boys had been sexually assaulted themselves. Of the experience, Shamos writes, “Myths were debunked, lengthy discussions held and my beautiful boys wanted their voices heard. They each wrote a ‘sign’ in red marker to be shared with the world. Their message: No means no. Real men don’t rape.”

Photos of the boys’ signs are also published on the site. The amazing outreach of this campaign illustrates exactly what RedMyLips says about their campaign: “This is not about vanity. It’s about visibility.” If you want your smile to change the world, post a selfie with the hashtag #RedMyLips.

#SayHerName
#SayHerName is a hashtag dedicated to publicizing the police brutality committed against black women. It expresses the widespread frustration that the masses are familiar with the names of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, but less knowledgeable of the names of Rekia Boyd, transgender woman Mercedes King, seven-year-old Aiyana Jones and Shaun King.

Although #SayHerName experienced a surge of popularity with the death of the late Sandra Bland, the tag continues to buzz with new activity on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. Although it isn’t the most uplifting tag to browse, it is a reality. Visit the tag to help give voice to females within the black community.

#62MillionGirls

This hashtag was started by First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama. The website 62milliongirls.com promotes programs that help keep young girls in school for longer.

“These girls have diminished economic opportunities and are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, early and forced marriage, and other forms of violence,” says the site.

French Women Started Their Own #MeToo Hashtag To Call Out Sexual Misconduct in November 2017 and they startet in November 2018 the Hashtag #25novembre : Ne rien laisser!
Both actions were against sexual violence:
In October 2018:Hundreds women march on Paris to protest domestic violence!
Hundreds of people have marched this weekend to the old Palais de Justice in Paris, demanding “justice for women” and more support from the government in the fight against domestic violence.

High-profile politicians were also present, including Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, La France Insoumise MP Clémentine Autain, and the Socialist senator Laurence Rossignol.

There were also smaller protests in Toulouse (Occitanie), Poitiers and Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), and Orléans (Centre-Val de Loire).

The protestors demanded a “significant increase” in government budgets and subsidies for the cause, as well as more funding for women’s shelters across France.

They demanded that the law should require the violent partner to leave the marital home, rather than the victimised woman; and they called on lawyers and police officers to be better trained in this subject.

The initiative was spearheaded by the French actress and comedian Muriel Robin. On September 23, Ms Robin published an open letter, also signed by 87 other well-known names, calling for the protest.

Many women’s associations responded. Women and men marched on Saturday October 6 under the banners of associations including Women Safe, NousToutes, les Femmes en Marge and Du Côté Des Femmes.

Some women told their own stories of domestic violence, in front of the crowds.Men, children, and couples joined the crowd of women too, and many protestors carried placards bearing slogans such as “machismo kills”, and signs bearing the image of women who had been killed by their husbands for trying to leave them.

Ms Hidalgo wrote on Twitter that 225,000 women in France are thought to be victims of domestic violence.

Ms Robin told reporters at the event that over 150 women die every year at the hands of their violent partners.One woman - who had previously reported her violent husband to gendarmes - said: “The gendarmerie did everything they could to make me be quiet. They lack training and humanity. We [women] are already embarrassed and scared [to be calling them]...and they do not help at all.”

Speaking at the protest, Ms Robin said: “This affects everyone: women, but also the children who are victims and witnesses too. This will take time but we must continue to fight, continue to protest, as we are doing today… We will only stop when we are satisfied.”

Ms Robin suggested that more money - up to €1 billion - was neede to properly address the issue.

“Hand off my ass or I'll rip off your balls.”
― Katie McGarry, Dare You To

“Standing behind predators makes prey of us all.”
― DaShanne Stokes

Women against violence and rape in France:

Nationwide 'Nous toutes' marches protest violence against women in France!
For months, French feminists have set aside November 24 as a day for nationwide marches to protest violence against women. Protesters are hoping that last-minute blockades staged by the country’s “yellow vests” don't eclipse the women’s message.

“YellowVests, please leave us November 24,” @layemeraude tweeted when organisers behind France’s anti-diesel tax movement earlier this week announced a new round of road blockades this Saturday. “It’s the day for #Nous_Toutes, the day for when marches against sexist and sexual violence have been organised in all of France, it’s been planned for months! We really need this exposure!” she wrote.

#NousToutes, which roughly translates into “All of us (women)”, is a French grassroots movement that was born this summer when several of the country’s feminist groups got together and decided to take last year’s #MeToo campaign one step further and call more attention to sexist and sexual violence against women. In September, the group organised its first protest action, garnering some 600 people in Paris and a total of 4,000 across France.
“#YellowVests, please leave us November 24. It’s the day for #Nous_Toutes, the day for when marches against sexist and sexual violence have been organised in all of France, it’s been planned for months! We really need this exposure!”
According to French government figures, some 225,000 women are victim to domestic violence each year. Femicide, or the killing of a woman because of her gender, accounts for a fifth of all murders in the country. In 2016, a total of 123 women were reported to have been killed by their current or former partners, an equivalent to roughly one woman every three days. In addition, authorities say more than 250 women are raped in France every day, and as many as one in three have been sexually assaulted or harassed in their workplace at least once. The second wave of protests was planned for November 24 – the day before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The idea is “to make society more aware of the extent of sexist and sexual violence”, Madeline Da Silva, one of the organisers, told FRANCE 24. “[The aim] is to send an electric shock through society so that it puts its foot down and says, ‘Stop’.”

“Thousands of people are expected in Paris and we have 100 local networks [who have committed] and 50 marches in France,” she said.

The movement has won strong backing from several French celebrities, including writers Marie Darrieussecq and Annie Ernaux as well as actors Philippe Torreton and Karine Viard. On Friday, unions representing more than 400 French female journalists, teachers, lawyers and caregivers also threw their weight behind the campaign.

‘Yellow vests’ focused on Paris

But the scheduled marches risk being overshadowed, or even disrupted, by parallel protests staged by the so-called “yellow vest” movement, which have erupted over the government’s recent tax hike on diesel fuel. The movement – named after the high-visibility vests that French drivers are required to carry in their vehicles – held its first protests on November 17, with nearly 300,000 people mounting barricades or using their bodies to block access to motorways, tunnels and airports across France. On Monday, organisers called on their supporters to protest again, urging them to come out in force this Saturday, especially in Paris.

Although Da Silva said she wasn’t worried about the “yellow vests” disrupting the #NousToutes protests, their planned blockades have already prompted at least one local organiser to cancel Saturday’s march. In a Facebook post, the organiser in Bourg-en-Bresse said she was worried the blockages would result in “people not being able to access the location”, and said she couldn’t guarantee the safety and security of those taking part in the march.

‘Shame on you’

In the past week, social media has also been awash with #NousToutes supporters calling on the yellow vests to postpone their protests. “On November 24, there is already the #NousToutes protest against violence against women. It would be very nice of the #YellowVests to ensure roundabouts are fluid, to leave cities accessible and to not protest. Thanks in advance,” Laurence Rossignol, the former French minister for family, children and women’s rights, tweeted.
"On November 24, there is already the #NousToutes protest against violence against women. It would be very nice of the #YellowVests to ensure roundabouts are fluid, to leave cities accessible and to not protest. Thanks in advance"
Marlène Schiappa, France’s minister for gender equality, said she would ensure “that participants, whatever their message against sexist and sexual violence might be, can express them in their totality and be heard! I respect the citizen dimension [of the movement] and wish #NousToutes all success”.
"I assure that all participants, whatever their message against sexist and sexual violence might be, can express them in their totality and be heard! I respect the citizen dimension [of the movement] and wish #NousToutes all success."
Others have been more aggressive in their calls for the "yellow vests" to back off from their protests. “You’re rendering the women who fight invisible. Shame on you. You could choose any other day. Shame shame shame,” a Twitter user going under the handle @CerridwenDraw said in response to a “yellow vest” defending his decision to take part in Saturday’s blockages.

However, a defiant Da Silva told FRANCE 24 that she remains confident that the #NousToutes movement will be successful in getting its message out: “I think that if there are people in the streets, the media are sure to talk about it. Because this is historic, because it’s the first time in 15 years that all unions have called on their members to march for the same cause.
Women across the globe have brought awareness to the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault through #MeToo, but French women created their own hashtag that puts more emphasis on the men responsible.
The phrase #BalanceTonPorc, which means "out your pig," became a rallying cry throughout France in the aftermath of Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein's public downfall. French journalist Sandra Muller created the hashtag in a tweet describing when an executive told her: "You have big breasts. You are my type of woman. I will make you orgasm all night." It wasn't long before French women from all walks of life were also outing their pigs on social media.

“Abuse is a parasite that feeds off hate and shame, growing in size and strength with silence.”
― Nikki Sex, Accuse

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DAWN BROOMFIELD
2 years ago
To many people are killed or maimed on our streets ......So let this man continue where he left off