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Petition to Michael Bennet, Cory Gardner, Diana DeGette, John Hickenlooper, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley, Kevin Brady, Devin Nunes, Peter Roskam, Diane Black, Kristi Noem, Rob Bishop, Donald Trump, Greg Walden, John Shimkus


  An amendment to the tax bill was passed Saturday by the Senate that included The Robert’s Amendment. This amendment strikes artist housing from the list of qualified groups who can benefit from federally subsidized low-income housing. If the provision makes its way into the tax bill that moves on to the White House, it would forbid developers from using housing credits to build affordable housing with a preference for artists. Moreover, as written, the law would also render all existing artists’ housing developments built with housing credits retroactively ineligible for the benefit. The amendment includes a simple line-for-line language swap. Where current law carves out a special exception for individuals “who are involved in artistic or literary activities,” the new bill would instead specify a benefit for those “who are veterans of the Armed Forces.”   While we are also supportive of housing for veterans, we believe both should be included, not one swapped for another. Elimination of this tax credit for artists will have a significant impact on the ability cities have have to protect their cultural community. We are respectfully asking that you DO NOT REMOVE THE ARTIST PREFERENCE clause of SEC.42(g)(9)(c) Law. We would like to see the artist preference clause kept and the new veterans preference language added to it, making it a stronger and more inclusive piece of legislation.  

RiNo Art District
440 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Instagram, artists

@Instagram: Make a Stricter Guideline on Reposts

As an artist, I would like to see a safer art community on Instagram. Instagram should make clear rules to users who reposts or traced over an artist's fanart/art, edits, or photos without permission. Instagram should not skim over the account because it "follows" the guideline. Instagram should look deeper into the reported person's account, look at the person's dm, post, and read the comments that are posted. The reason why they should Instead of skimming a person's account and dismissing it as a "small thing," there is a high chance of bullying and harassment towards the victim who is getting their art reposted without permission. If Instagram make a stricter rule on reposted fanart/art, edits, or photos, it would provide a safer community for artists.  Rules that should be Enforce for Reposts 1) If a person's account is getting reported so many times, investigate the reported account. Most of the time the account will include stolen art/edit/photos or an account that bullies/harasses and claims it as a "constructive criticism" account.   2) Make a clearer guideline when it comes to reposted art. The person should not repost anyone's art/fanart/edit/photos. If the person is posting anything related to the following, make a notice that states "Is this your art?" If the person press yes, it is their own art. But, if the person press no, another notice should come up and reads, "Did the person give you permission to post their art? If so, provide proof." The proof the person must give is a screenshot. If they do not provide you that, don't let them post, until they are given permission to do so. If the person lies or repost someone's art, the first warning is to give them a warning. The second warning is suspending their account for  24-48 hours time period. The third warning is removal of account and permanently banning them on Instagram.  3) If the artist see their art/edit/fanart/photos on a person's account without permission or credit, they have RIGHT to get their art/edit/fanart/photos remove quickly without any hesitation.  

Mae Kagamine
8 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

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
12,649 supporters