Petition to Bank of Montreal, Branch Bank and Trust, Capital One Financial, Citizens Financial Group, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley Bank, MUFG Bank, Northern Trust, People's United Bank, Stifel Bank & Trust,...
After the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, a group of concerned clients called on TIAA-CREF to divest from the corporations responsible for manufacturing military-style weapons like the one used to mow down twenty small children and six adults. TIAA-CREF completely ignored our petition to divest. Now, we are again calling on you to do the right thing. American Outdoor Brands (Smith & Wesson) and Sturm, Ruger & Co have enabled—have even profited from—many more deaths since our last petition, including the 49 at the Pulse night club in 2016, the 58 shot from above at the Harvest Music Festival on the Vegas strip in 2017, and now, those of 17 high school students and teachers in Parkland, FL.
TIAA-CREF, with your mission “to serve [y]our customers and to provide outcomes that truly matter to them,” you need to understand that what truly matters to the undersigned is to have a positive impact on the people in our society. We do not want to be (even in some small way and through no choice of our own) responsible for suffering, death, and destruction. These corporations have demonstrated that they put profits above people, and we want no part in them. We call on TIAA-CREF to completely divest.
Rebecca DyerTerre Haute, IN, United States
Created February 17, 2018
Petition to Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Rajesh Bhushan, Shri Prakash Javedkar (Cabinet Minister - Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)
The Trivialisation of Menstruation in India
Commercial menstrual pads take 500-800 years to decompose, as they are 90% plastic.
Over 1 billion used-pads (aka Bio-Medical Wastes) are discarded in India per month.
These factors make menstrual pads an environmental hazard.
57.6% of women (15–24 years) are now using menstrual pads, with some use of cloth as well. (77.5% - urban populations, 48.2% - rural counterpart.)
Two of the most problematic ingredients used in a commercial non-biodegradable menstrual napkin are Dioxins (bleaching agents) and Superabsorbent Polymers.
The users (menstruators) and disposers (sanitation workers) of the commercial menstrual pad are being exposed to harmful chemicals, without much regulation.
Indian Menstrual Napkin market is predicted to grow to $522 million (approx. Rs 3,400 crore) by 2020.
So, there are probably enough funds to invest in advanced technologies for manufacturing biodegradable menstrual products and using bounties of nature optimally. Then what is the issue: Lack of demand or plain greed?
In light of this, this petition seeks to :
(i) Make MoHFW take cognizance of the need of 355 million menstruators for environment and uteri friendly menstrual pads.
(ii) To promote the manufacturing of biodegradable and compostable menstrual pads & to draw attention to the unattended menstrual products' safety standards and bio-medical waste management in India.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has recently updated the standard for menstrual pads IS 5404:2019, to ensure the safe use of menstrual pads. But that is not enough. A true resolve will require the convergence of Ministries of Health, Environment, Women and Child Development, Chemicals and Fertilizers and Finance to estimate the investments required and churn out a solid and feasible plan for our dear business-men.
And if the country is investing in Swachha Bharat and Safety of its Daughters, then ignoring the needs of its bleeding warriors and bastardizing our misery is no longer an option.
PLASTIC FREE PERIOD urges menstruators and the policy-makers alike to raise the issue of toxicity in commercial menstrual pads and create awareness.
Menstrual health is a right, not a commodity.
For more information, check out the Plastic Free Period CampaignRead more
recycling. In these areas, battery manufacturers must pay for the cost of recycling. This ensures that fewer batteries end up in landfills and that manufacturers are held accountable for the environmentalRead more
Sri Nihal TammanaUnited States
Created January 1, 2022
Petition to Governmental Oversight Responsible For Breast Implant Safety, All Governmental Agencies Responsible That Have Oversight Investigation Capabilities, Victims Harmed From Breast Implants
Back in the 1990's, the Food and Drug Administration banned silicone breast implants due to public concerns about health risks including: cancer, connective tissue diseases and autoimmune diseases/disorders. On November 17th, 2006, the FDA allowed silicone gel breast implants to go back on the market with specific criteria and to collect study data on if the devices were safe to be fully approved. These criteria included prior informed consent and a consent form had to be signed by each patient and their plastic surgeon prior to implant surgery. Mentor Worldwide and Allergan were required by Federal Law to conduct large studies and to monitor long term health and safety outcomes during this time frame so it could be determined if the devices were safe to be fully approved. To this current day, Mentor MemoryGel silicone gel and Allergan Natrelle silicone gel are still not fully approved as well as other silicone gel breast implant manufacturers.There has never been a study conducted on saline breast implants to date and only a handful of study data on the safety of silicone gel implants, despite the hundreds of thousands implanted per year.
We demand an immediate investigation on the safety of these devices and we demand all study data released immediately to the public that shows the safety of these devices, as the public is not aware to this data.
On July 24, 2019, Allergan announced a recall of the Biocell textured implants the FDA requested on a voluntary basis. Prior to this voluntary recall, other countries had already banned these devices due to the increased risks of developing cancer.
As a governmental agency, your salaries and benefits are tax dollar allocated to payout for your role to protect the American people and our tax dollars support this protection. This is far from reality and us victims have paid the price by our tax dollars paying out for something we did not receive. We have paid the price by trusting the FDA to regulate safe devices and Congress to do their jobs in this process. We demand immediate investigations into both agencies and immediate financial investigations of the government employees that have supervised specifically all silicone and saline breast implant regulatory processes since 1993, when the ban occurred.
We demand the immediate investigations into the lobbying monies paid to lobby to the FDA via the Federal forms that Congress and Mentor Worldwide paid for lobbying "specifically silicone breast implants". We demand the immediate investigation on why the Office of Liaison Counsel MDL 926 was part of this lobbying monies. We demand the immediate release of these financial statements and the reasons why the FDA was paid these monies.
I am signing this Petition because I have been harmed or a love one has been harmed by these Class III medical devices.
Breast Implant IllnessEverywhere, CA, United States
Why is it necessary for fireworks to be so noisy? Animals are terrified from pet dogs & cats to horses and rabbits. Fireworks are visually stunning & don't need loud noises for us to enjoy them. Most pet owners & vets would agree. Its time this issue was addressed! From end October to End December (60 days or so) fireworks are frequently let off increasing the misery for animals and their owners. There is a simple solution without spoiling anyone's enjoyment - make them less loud! Read more
Jo HorridgeUnited Kingdom
Created October 23, 2020
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