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25 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Aiken Promotions, MCD.IE , Promoters

Help get The Smashing Pumpkins to perform in Dublin, Ireland in 2019

"come align for the big fight to rock for you!" To all those sad machines, graceful swans and all us rats that have ever walked in shoes too big feeling the slam of the cage door on their young teen lives. I make an offer to you all to help me get one of the most important, iconic, powerful, beautiful Rock bands back to our Island. Not to serve as some kind of nostalgia, 'memba-berry' festival or to live in the past. But a celebration of the songs that saved our lives, that helped us overcome our struggles, deaths, suicides, depressions, love, life and to live in the present and enjoy the poetry that inspired us to think deeper, to write, to pick up guitars, to become drummers, to become better than our past selves and to hold on and reach out for our brethren.  Why now? Well... The Smashing Pumpkins saved my life. I first heard Bullet in 2000 in the Olympia Theatre. While standing in the circle waiting for JJ72 to perform, this seminal moment in my life was about to happen. Another song ended and their was a tense suction of air as those first lines were spoken. A spark, that broody, hypnotic riff behind a serpentine beat exploding into an anthemic chorus like a defibrillator waking up teens all over the world... I still remember it, I can still feel it, I can touch the image in my mind, I turned to my older cousin who brought me and asked him who that was, "The Smashing Pumpkins" - "Who?".  I was 14yrs old and an angst ridden, anxiety filled, contrarian, idealistic kid who was seeking and imploring the world to fit to his ideals and struggling with all the adolescent emotions of believing, feeling and knowing the world was bearing down on me like a meteorite. I was obsessed. It was an opiate.  The Smashing Pumpkins have reformed with 75% of the original line-up and hit the road touring with a well received tour full of hits, fan favorites, the bands personal favorites and beautiful evocative imagery and production. However, there isn't enough attention or dates on the tour. Why? Billy and the SPS became a laughing stock of the media in the 2000's, critics turned on them for not playing to their ideals, fans moved away; lost, disappointed, expectations burned or some not ready to move on with the band to another plateau. Billy, self-admittedly, helped propagate a negative caricature of himself. The power of clickbait stories with fake narratives and lies were just a never ending losing battle with Billy living under the sword of damocles. The last 18 months I've seen tons of interviews with Billy and he's been completely open and honest about his past, his present and his legacy and beliefs.Billy has always been presented to us by the media as a pretentious narcissist He's stripped back all those mechanisms of defence that he used to fight the media and trolls. He's now a humble, accepting, understanding soul with an insatiable appetite for intelligent discussions on music, culture, politics, religion, to learn and provide guidance, support and help to others.  Lets help them!! Lets support those artists that have gotten us to here. To those who left, its never too late to come back and discover the treasures. To those who never left, I thank you.  To those yet to discovery, I am excited for you! Let's hope for the most beautiful Indian summer for the the SPS. The idea is to get enough signatories to show there's enough support to get own of the promoters to book them.   Please sign, share and feel free to add any personal stories about The Smashing Pumpkins!

Stephen Campbell
37 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Matthews Yard

After the riots in summer 2011, I opened Matthews Yard to create a place for our community. We have battled for survival for more than 5 years and thanks to the love and support of the people from Croydon we are still going strong today. We have hosted thousands of events ranging from baby showers and birthday parties to weddings and wakes along with a diverse range of arts, cultural and community events including film festivals, political meetings, activist meetings, charity fundraisers, music gigs, comedy nights and so much more. But now we are at risk of closure because of developers who want to replace us with a housing development. Over 50,000 people have attended events at MY and hundreds of thousands more have passed through our cafe for an informal meeting, or to have coffee, cake or the best burgers Croydon has ever seen (as voted by you the people, in Time Out this year). Matthews Yard is a much needed central and independent focal point for community activity. The Impact Report available on the Matthews Yard website at http://matthewsyard.com/support provides much more information on our achievements. Regeneration in Croydon now directly threatens Matthews Yard and all the work which has gone into building our space. If planning permission is granted and the building is demolished without MY securing an alternative home then we will be forced to close in Summer 2018. To help Matthews Yard have the best shot at success and to ensure a lasting legacy, Matthews Yard has announced it will convert to a Community Interest Company and reinvest 100% of trading surpluses into delivering its community objectives. We now need the support of the Mayor of London to secure our long-term future. If you care about art, culture or community and you want to help save Matthews Yard, then please, please sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible.

Saif Bonar
6,359 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Facebook

Stop Facebook Censoring Feminist Art

Facebook has recently banned our business, Bopo Women, from advertising because of the feminist art on our packaging created by Vanja Vukelic. This art has been created specifically for our body positive, feminist skincare & explores our connection with our bodies, each other & the earth.  Facebook has deemed our website "offensive" & "pornographic" because we use women's nude bodies depicted in an embodied and empowered way on our packaging. This means even if don't use pictures of our packaging we can't advertise to our website URL full stop! We want Facebook to reverse this decision and allow us to advertise using our artwork. We also want them to change their advertising standards so that other feminist imagery like ours is not banned. We will not be stopped and have already commissioned more artwork from Vanja as a commitment to our right to depict our bodies in whatever ways we choose. It is important for us to stand up and make our voices heard as these platforms have such a huge amount of control over what stories, truths and experiences are shared and consumed. There are many other instances of Facebook banning content related to structural change, particularly that shared by women of colour, and we see our banning as connected to this wider issue. This is about selective censorship, power, freedom of speech and expression. It is also about challenging the sexualisation of women's bodies without our permission. If these drawings depicted male torso's and/or nipples they would not be deemed nude, offensive or pornographic. This double standard must end. Facebook's advertising policies need to #freethenipple and enter 2018. 

Bopo Women
2,135 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Paolo Baratta

APPOINT KANYE WEST TO CURATE THE VENICE BIENNALE

#BiennalYe With contemporary art lingering confused in a mannerist phase, and architecture having abandoned its ambitions of changing the world, we believe West is the best person to show us the way forward and to explain, agitate, and situate creative production in its current cultural and global setting. As such, we believe West should be invited to curate and direct the world's biggest bi-annual international exhibition. West has a longstanding history of deep and sincere engagement with art. Art school educated, West has been the figure that has gotten Vanessa Beecroft onto MTV (through their collaboration on Runaway), and placed George Condo in Walmart (through his cover art for My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy). Plus, he photoblogged the entirety of Urs Fischer's 2009 New Museum exhibition.As a champion of contemporary architecture, West has taken renegade architectural practice OMA to Cannes (through their design of a pyramid to screen his film Cruel Summer), lectured to students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and even turned the word 'architecture' into a verb. Hell, his statement, "Everything needs to actually be architected", would offer a profound title for Venice's architecture exhibition. West understands the conflicts and confluences of culture and entertainment, and the mechanisms for making creative production public, better than most others in the business. He is perfectly situated to bring these significant contemporary complexities to the heart of cultural discourse, via the world's largest exhibition of art or architecture . Plus, we feel damn sure he would put on a decent exhibition, and give the stagnant worlds of art and design a significant kick with his Yeezys. Dreaming of free entrance for those wearing leather tracksuit bottoms, an Instagram sponsored prize for best national pavilion, and a special fleet of Maybach vaporettos, we ask for Kanye West to be appointed Artistic Director of the Visual Arts or Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale.NOTE: This petition was originally titled 'APPOINT KANYE WEST TO CURATE THE 2015 VENICE ART BIENNALE'. Following the appointment of Okwui Enwezor to curate the 2015 Biennale, we have expanded our horizons, and will now maintain the petition in perpetuity until Ye is finally appointed artistic director of the Venice Biennale, as he was born to do. We will now accept his appointment to the position of Artistic Director of either the Art or Architecture Biennales, being equally placed, as he is, to lead both.

BiennalYe
1,280 supporters