*Note: the image attached to this petition is a photo taken of the back of a General Mills Cheerios cereal box sold at Costco.
Image description: The school aged girl in the photo has brown hair and blue eyes and facial features typical of people with Down syndrome. She is wearing a blue shirt. Next to her photo is text that reads as follows: Give kids like Aubrey every chance to get better. Aubrey was born with Down syndrome without her parents expecting it and received care through numerous therapy treatments and continuous visits with specialists. With the help of this care, Aubrey functions extremely well, embodying positive energy and a love for the spotlight. Aubrey has taken on titles such as 2019 Miss Amazing Mississippi Jr teen, Oxford Mayor for the day and more.
General Mills and Children's Miracle Network,
You are spreading a harmful narrative about disability and difference under the guise of helping children, and are perpetuating long-standing biases against people with Down syndrome.
The blurb about Aubrey on your double box of Cheerios at Costco is unacceptable. "Give kids like Aubrey a chance to get better" heads a paragraph that states that she has Down syndrome. It does not indicate any acute illness or injury that would require healing or to "get better." Implying that Down syndrome alone is something from which a person needs to "get better" is a judgement and a cruel way to present a young girl to the world. Her very existence, her chromosomal makeup, is not something from which she needs to heal. Maybe she uses therapy services to meet her goals, or needs medical procedures to address injury/illness, but her diagnosis of Down syndrome is simply a fact.
This is not a small error on your part. It is undoing decades of advocacy work by the disability community.
Your choice of language further minimizes and insults people with Down syndrome. Your statement "With the help of this care, Aubrey functions extremely well," a) implies that Audrey is not a dynamic, many-faceted human being with inherent worth regardless of her "function"; b) suggests that "functioning well" is a result of medical intervention and minimizes her natural abilities and hard work; and c) puts her in an "other" category. Would you ever write such a thing about a child with typical cognitive ability?
Your intent is clearly to support children who require costly interventions and to help them live life to the fullest, including children with chromosomal differences like Aubrey. Your mission and the work that you do are so important to this community.
Next time you write a blurb about a child who lives with extra layers of complexity, please consider the language you choose and how you are (or are not) propelling a narrative of equity and inclusion regarding disability and illness. You might even consider having someone from the disability community contribute to the effort. Use of othering, patronizing or infantilizing language to pull on heart strings for financial results is unacceptable. Find a new way. Read more
Ford, and their Dealer Partners profit from the sale of vehicles. Mechanics, or Automotive Technicians do not. When Ford's warranty costs skyrocket due to poor designs, and poor build quality, the first change they make is to decrease the labor times paid to the dealer. They do not alter the pay rate, but specifically the time. This reduces the burden for Ford and their dealer partners, while directly taking money away from the average mechanics who have to perform the work.
In 2017, Ford enacted policy changes that reduced labor times, across the board, by roughly 40%. As most technicians are paid on a system called flat rate, a by the job method, as opposed to hourly, this translates directly as a 40% loss of wage. So technicians such as myself, and thus, my family, suffer from loss of income, while Ford Motor Company themselves profited Billions from these changes, and paid their employees large bonuses.
This type of policy needs to change, and quickly. Having properly trained, qualified, and paid technicians is important to YOUR safety. It ensures the technicians repairing your vehicle have the skills, tooling, and experience to properly repair your vehicle, to prevent injury to you and your families. There has been a tremendous loss of technicians already, experience that will never be able to be replaced. Do not allow Ford to continue stealing our money, and putting you at risk, to line their own pockets! Read more
This week Sun Newspaper front page carried the headline: 1200 killed by mental patients. This was a dangerously selective way to lead on the research covered, reinforcing the public perception of the mentally ill as a risk to society.
I work as a Psychology teacher, in particular working to develop understanding of mental health issues. I also have a history of long term mental illness in my family. I was therefore horrified to see that the Sun were misrepresenting complex research in such a harmful way, which is why I want to encourage others in responding to these misrepresentations.
In reality people with mental illnesses are at greater risk of many forms of violence and assault from general society than those without, as well as having a long history of experiencing abusive treatment from the state. By focusing on stats relating to acts of violence carried out by the mentally ill the Sun Newspaper are increasing the risk to patients by dehumanising and demonising them. The SPJ code of ethics states that Journalists should:
"Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
..treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect."
The Sun need to review the processes by which editorial decisions are taken about this to include a recognition of their responsibility as a big media player towards protecting the safety of the mentally ill.
We are calling on them to
1) Recognise that they have acted unethically in misrepresenting information about the mentally ill in this harmful way, and to print a full correction to this effect.
2) Make a donation to mental health charities to cover any profit made from this story and to apologise to those misrepresentedRead more
Rhiannon LockleyBrierley Hill, ENG, United Kingdom
A petition on David Manning's behalf to the offices of Governor Pritzker and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx
In recent years Illinois lawmakers have passed extensive corrective legislation to address some of the most devastating and unjust legal practice.
This legislation like most sentencing reform legislation in Illinois was not retroactive. "When the legislature passes corrective measures, but fails to apply them to those currently incarcerated you can literally point to the people who are in prison unjustly right now."
Meet David Manning D.O.C. #:M36832, currently incarcerated in Pinckneyville Correctional Center. David is a first time offender, more importantly he is a father, son, brother, and friend to many.
In 2010, a then 19 year old David was charged, and later convicted and sentenced to 20 years for committing aggravated battery with a firearm.
This all stemmed from a reckless decision in a senseless family feud.
Under Truth-in-sentencing David is required to serve 85% of his time. He unfortunately is not afforded the opportunity to earn good time credit or the possibility of a parole hearing.
Sentence lengths were long enough to serve the ends of justice prior to truth-in-sentencing laws/provisions and in 2019 Illinois legislature changed the law in that spirit.
The State of Illinois made the classification of emerging adults equal to those of juveniles making a person under 21 years old at the time of their offense eligible for parole after 10 years. However this was only if the individual was sentenced after the law (730 ILCS 5/5 4.5-110) took effect.
If sentenced by today's standard David would be eligible for parole now, rather than after the 17 years required of his 20 year sentence under truth-in-sentencing.
Recent changes in the law no longer make Truth-in-sentencing a requirement because the penological objective will still be satisfied if people like David aren't required to serve the Truth-in sentencing aspect of their sentence.
(The Illinois Constitution embodies our evolving social standard of decency stating "as our society evolves, so do our concepts of elemental decency and fairness which shape the moral sense of community.")
If the objective of reform is to restore individuals in custody to useful citizenship, then we should not hold them to laws and concepts that have changed.
David understands the mistake he has made as a result of his actions. He has used this time to self-reflect and to better himself for his children, family, and community for years without incentives.
He's shown propensity for rehabilitation by pursuit of education, employment, and rehabilitative programs, instead of sitting idle until his release date comes, as Truth-in- sentencing would suggest.
David would like to be included in the opportunity and privilege to be considered for parole or resentenced to reflect the good time credits that his efforts have and will continue to earn.
We, as his support system, strongly believe it is worth considering. We are asking for fairness for those that have been neglected under the effects of the outdated Truth-in-sentencing provisions.
Current corrective measures in the legislature create a double-standard allowing the date a person committed their offense to be a determining factor in restoring citizenship.
These corrective measures are inconsistent with the Illinois Constitution's evolving standard of decency.
The laws should have been reformed to extend its privileges to all those who fit its criteria regardless of chronology.
This calls for the Offices of Governor Pritzker and/or Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx to exercise their powers to address this injustice; through Executive Clemency or the Cook County State's Attorney Office Resentencing Initiative.
We need your help in support of consideration to give David and others like him an early release and a chance at redemption.
With this petition we hope to spread awareness throughout our communities for securing fairness in the law and its reforms.
Ashley BanksChampaign, IL, United States
Created Sep 9, 2022
Petition to Aleksander Ceferin, Chair of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions
We, the Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines or CDCph hereby declare the following:
We believe that we must heed the call made by no less than the President himself to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
Thankfully, we know more about Covid19 today than we did several months back. We now know that the best immediate solution for the Philippines is a dramatically effective, safe, inexpensive, readily available, evidence-based intervention focusing on early treatment and home-care quarantine for most patients and prophylaxis for high-risk individuals such as our frontliners.
We propose to the President that the Philippines adopt a national protocol for the propylaxis and early treatment of COVID-19 that aims to reduce hospitalization and prevent loss of lives.
With this solution in mind, we appeal to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to immediately end all lockdowns and allow our people to begin to rebuild their lives.
We are willing to sit down with the government task force to detail out the suggested protocol and its administration to be immediately cascaded down to the barangay units through their primary health care workers.
Once these measures are adopted, there will no longer be a need to choose between saving the economy and saving precious Filipino lives. With the good health of both our economy and our people assured, we will truly begin to heal as one.Read more
Malaysians, especially non-bumiputras, are shocked with the recent tabling of a race-first National Budget 2021 in Parliament.
Chinese and Indians make up 32% of the population, and yet they been allocated a small fraction.
Even if one goes by IRB's conservative figures last year, Chinese and Indians pay 15% of taxes, and yet they have been allocated a small fraction.
According to our Finance Minister Malaysia's GDP is to grow by up to 7.5% next year.
Ampun Tuanku, Malaysian Chinese and Indians remain your loyal subjects. They are also in the front lines providing brave doctors, firemen, health workers, police and army personnel.
We are proud to be part of your citizenry and contribute to the health and prosperity of all Malaysians. We seek your learned intervention and gentle wisdom in this matter.
Daulat Tuanku!Read more
We, the undersigned are employees of LIFEWAYS. We are extremely concerned about frequent errors in our wage calculations, which have on several occasions left many of us with a shortage of pay. We are resorting to this petition, because despite raising this with management, the problem has not been resolved.
We call upon LIFEWAYS to address this issue with immediate affect.
If errors in pay continue, those of us who are members of the GMB will instruct our Union to Issue claims for unlawful deductions from wages.