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Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Charles Sousa, Eleanor McMahon, Han Dong, Joe Cressy

Save 401 Richmond

401 Richmond Street West is a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. It is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, social innovators, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops. Now looming property tax increases threaten to price tenants out of this long-time sanctuary for dozens of Toronto's non-profit cultural organizations. "401 Richmond, a beloved downtown hub of non-profit culture organizations in a reclaimed factory, has been hit with a property tax increase that could spell its end." - The Toronto Star The Premier and others in her government need to take action and update provincial tax policy now in order to ensure the preservation of cultural centers like 401 Richmond. The last tax assessment is terrifyingly high -- it's now a matter of great urgency. "This building and its extraordinary roster of tenants was made possible through the generosity and vision of its owners - a rarity in Toronto, and an example the city needs! It must be protected!" - Vera Frenkel In 2012, UrbanSpace, the building’s owner, paid close to $447,000 in property taxes, with its rate increasing steadily to that point at 1 per cent per year. Then in 2013, it jumped to $520,280. By 2016, the bill was within a few hundred dollars of $700,000. Without some kind of intervention, the building’s 2017 tax bill will be $846,210.73. "City council has delivered a clear statement to the province: New provincial tax policy is necessary if we are going to protect and support important buildings like 401 Richmond," - Ward 20 Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy While UrbanSpace has absorbed the worst of the increases, tenants have shared some pain. And with taxes projected to go as high as $1.29 million by 2020.The only way for this address to pay the proposed tax is for the current building to be torn down and a 40-storey tower built to replace it -- action needs to be taken immediately. "Please don't let artists and creators be dispersed and driven out of the heart of the city! A totally sterile urban landscape is not what we need!" - Margaret Atwood Please sign and share this petition if you wish to protect 401 Richmond as well as other cultural and creative centers like it. To go the extra mile you can call and/or write to your MPP and tell them to change the provincial tax rules that inappropriately tax heritage buildings. What to Share on Social Media Link: Hashtag: #save401richmond Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne @SousaCharles @EMcMahonMPP @401Richmond Square Logo: *for Instagram sharing Full Logo: Where to Send Letters Premier Kathleen Wynne Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 (Photo Eduardo Lima, Metro)

Phil Tucker
12,228 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to,,

Stop Festivals And Corporations From Exploiting Artists!

The undersigned, artists, muralists, community members and art supporters are outraged at the current climate for art and artists in Los Angeles. This petition began when an organization representing a music festival in Echo Park sent out a call for muralists. The organizers were asking the artists to pay a fee in order to live paint at this event. While this is only one event, it represents a much bigger problem that has gone unaddressed for too long. Major corporations ask artists to work for free or for "exposure" all the time. Companies with big money, companies who sponsor festivals. Everyone seems to see the value in murals, but for some reason there is a disconnect when it comes to paying the artists for their time, materials, and hard physical labor. There is no reason a corporation or festival should feel comfortable reaching out to someone and asking them to work for free. The prospect of a community festival charging mural artists to participate in an event is ridiculous and was a catalyst for a much needed conversation. Muralists frequently risk their life and health to paint, exposing themselves to toxic materials, working on ladders in high temperatures, and using dangerous equipment. This model you are using sets a dangerous precedent for something that many of us depend on for our livelihoods. In the past several years the climate has changed toward artists as big business aims to commodify culture while taking advantage of those who create it. We ask you to stand with us and not against us. We are part of your community. We paint the backgrounds for your selfies. In rapidly gentrifying areas like Echo Park, artists are being priced out. Artists are the foundation of many communities, we create culture and are disregarded as rents go up. This is unacceptable, especially in an arts destination like Los Angeles. We ask that you support art and artists by discarding this predatory model and setting an example for other communities that art has value and should be treated as such. Sincerely - The Artists and Art Supporters of Los Angeles 

Jennifer Korsen
155 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Kevin L. Faulconer

Change SD City Code to Reflect Constitutional Protections Granted to Buskers and Artists.

First off I need to address what a busker is. Many people are not aware of the word and what it means.. Buskers are, musicians, mimes, jugglers, living statues, balloon twisters, palm weavers, dancers, circus acts, face painters,  artists and a plethora of other types of street performers. Buskers make a living off tips for their performances as well as off related materials that they sell in the streets... It has been proven over and over again in the 9th district court of appeals and the supreme court that buskers and artists are protected by the 1st, and 14th amendments of the constitution, and that these protections are not diminished because the artist is compensated..  A great example of this is Sparks Vs White, which was taken all the way to the supreme court and lists all the expressive activity that is protected. you may read that case here   The problem is that the city of San Diego has in its municipal code several laws that can be used against buskers and artists who are practicing their expressive activity in the public fora. Generally police will threaten or cite a busker, and then they have to spend several hours in court. Generally these cases are thrown out if the judge is knowledgeable of expressive activity and its constitutional protections.  This results in losses for the buskers and artists even if they win in court.  Any time an officer tickets a busker for soliciting, encroachment, interfering with a street fair or any other charges they come up with, they are violating said buskers constitutional rights and protections. This is a waste of city tax dollars, as well as could get the city in a lengthy expensive law suit... Many buskers have challenged cities and won substantial money all over the united states.. You can learn a lot about this by going to this wikipedia page, as it has several cases listed and their sources...  Many of these cases can also be looked up on I know many buskers/ artists in the city that are constantly getting tickets or being harassed by people of authority that seems to have no knowledge of constitutional rights. I myself have been ticketed over and over,  and have had the majority of said tickets dropped before I ever saw a court room. Regardless though this takes up time and costs money.The City Of San Diego Should change its Municipal code to reflect the constitutional protections granted by the first amendment.. If you agree please sign this petition...  

william dorsett
359 supporters