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Awareness Campaign

8 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to Annabell Wallis

Let’s Raise Awareness that the Media Plays a Key Role in the Rise of Anti-Muslim Hatred

The news media are most people’s source of current events, but it does more than to keep people up to date. The news media’s selection and display of certain topics influences people’s perception on what issues are most relevant. This means, most people take the information published by the news media as face value and do not question its truth content. Research regarding social construction of reality in the news media is not new, but in today’s globalized online sphere understanding the power of the media is more relevant than ever. In recent years, Anti-Muslim hatred has increased in Europe. The 2014 Islamophobia Roundtable in Stockholm featured experts who argued that the association of Islam and Muslims with crime and terror in the media plays a key role in the spread of Islamophobic rhetoric. A year later, the already existing Anti-Muslim rhetoric further increased during the height of the European Refugee Crisis after which the media published even more articles that implicate and named Muslim’s criminals and terrorists. The consequence of the spread of such bigotry has affected societies in all of Europe. 60% of the Germans think that Islam has no place in their country. A large survey in the UK concluded that more than 1/4 of children between the ages of 10-16 think that Muslims are taking over the country. French people believe that they have a 31% Muslim population in France, but the real number is 7.5%. The root cause of these misconceptions in France and in other European countries is due to the constant publication of content in the media that highlights and, indeed, hyperbolising a country's immigration crisis. Even President Trump influenced by such news makes public comments such as: “look what happened in Sweden last night.” By saying this he is implying that Sweden has a crime problem because they have granted asylum to so many Muslim refugees. If prominent politicians are negatively influenced by the media’s portrayal of Muslims in such a strong way that they are trying to ban Muslims from certain countries to enter the United States then how can the average person not be influenced by the continuous negative portrayal of Muslims in the media? It is very difficult to stay unbiased when one is bombarded by negative news all the time. So what can we do aside from fact checking the news media? We can start with educating ourselves on what is really going on within Muslim communities in Europe, and that Muslims have been peacefully living and working in Europe for a long time. Muslims, which are only 6% in all of Europe, who are living in Europe are not planning to islamize Europe. As a matter of fact most of the Muslim refugees who came to Europe are fleeing from war and terror attacks in their own countries. They come to Europe to find peace, not to spread terror as so often implied in the media. Therefore it is important that we need to raise awareness that the majority of Muslims just like Christians, and people of other faiths or no faith, just want to live a life without fear. So let’s try to counter the negative media portrayal of Islam and Muslims by following these simple steps: 1. Connecting with a Muslim: online and offline (for example read blogs written by Muslims) 2. Look at things we have in common with Islam 3. Educate yourself about Islam 4. Check the facts in news media articles for truth content 5. Fact check the articles you read 6. Learn about the use of language in the media and how language can construct social realities. This is a bit more work but it is worth it, so check out these resources. Fairclough, N. (2010) Critical Discourse Analysis: The Critical Study Of Language. 2nd ed. New York City: Routledge.Habermas, J. (1995). Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns. Frankfurt a.M: Suhrkamp.  Machin, D. and Mayr, A. (2012). How to do critical discourse analysis. Los Angeles: SAGE.  Works Cited Chaudhry, A.A. (2016). 'How do the media fuel Islamophobia?', Media Development, 2, pp. 6-10, Communication Source, EBSCOhost. Viewed 17 April 2017. McCombs, M. (2014). Setting the Agenda: The Mass Media and Public Opinion. Cambridge, UK: Polity. McCombs, M. (n.d) ‘The Agenda-Setting Role of the Mass Media in the Shaping of Public    

Annabell Wallis
17 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump

National Proclamation for February 2nd as Rheumatoid Awareness Day in the U.S. #RheumDay

The faces of Rheumatoid Disease are many. The personal stories will bring you to tears. Rheumatoid Disease (also known as Rheumatoid Arthritis) is a progressive inflammatory disease causing damage to joint and organ tissues, resulting in severe pain, frequent disability and increased mortality. Because the disease is commonly presumed to be a type of arthritis, proper support is lacking, causing problems with disability accommodations, clinical care, healthcare reimbursement and research funding. Rheumatoid Awareness Day was established as February 2nd in 2013 by the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. While several cities and localities have issued official proclamations, we are still lacking a national proclamation for Rheumatoid Awareness Day in the United States. Rheumatoid Awareness Day gives people with the chronic illness known as rheumatoid arthritis, or rheumatoid disease, a day of recognition. A nationally recognized Awareness Day would serve as an annual platform to educate people about the disease -- including patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the general public. Early diagnosis and treatment of this disease are important in preventing permanent damage and disability. However, proper education is necessary so individuals and healthcare providers know the early signs of disease onset and risk factors. Education and awareness are crucial to bring about better clinical care, increased research funding and improved disease outcomes. Rheumatoid Disease is a serious disease, but symptoms can be visibly subtle, making it difficult to understand. Lack of awareness of Rheumatoid Disease makes it even more isolating.  On behalf of the millions of people who have fought the crippling pain and damage of Rheumatoid Disease with remarkable resilience, we are asking the President of the United States to make the following national proclamation establishing February 2nd as Rheumatoid Awareness Day:          --------- WHEREAS Rheumatoid Disease (also known as rheumatoid arthritis) is a progressive, destructive disease frequently leading to disability; and WHEREAS Rheumatoid Disease affects approximately 1% of the population; and WHEREAS Rheumatoid Disease is a disease in which immune cells attack joints and organs, including heart and lungs; and WHEREAS almost 2/3 of patients have a 20% response or less to treatments; and WHEREAS no cure is known; and WHEREAS the United States spends a fraction of what is spent on rarer diseases with similar mortality rates on Rheumatoid Disease research; and WHEREAS early diagnosis is critical in preventing irreparable damage to joints and other tissue; and WHEREAS the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation was formed to create awareness, generate support, provide advocacy and push for research to find a cure; and WHEREAS the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation has declared February 2 as Rheumatoid Awareness Day – a day to bring Rheumatoid Disease out of the shadows; NOW, Therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim this February 2 and every February 2 thereafter, RHEUMATOID AWARENESS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.     

Rheumatoid Patient Foundation
2,584 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Steve Wampold, Steven Howard Temares, C. Douglas Mcmillon, Edward Lampert, Venkat Narayanan, Jeff Bezos

Stop selling products promoting Rx drug abuse!

December 2, 2016 BigMouth, Inc., 655 Winding Brook Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 1-860-659-8304, info@bigmouthinc.com Dear Steve Wampold, BigMouth Inc CEO & retailers who purchase from BigMouth Inc: You appear to be unaware that our country is in the midst of a severe epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths – acknowledged by the federal government as the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history. According to the CDC, in 2014 47,055 people died of an accidental drug overdose - with 29,467 of those from opioid related drugs which includes prescription pain medication and heroin. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in this country. The studies show that four out of five of those that became addicted to heroin started with a legal prescription from their physician after an injury or a medical procedure was performed. These glassware items you are choosing to market and sell to the public for profit, with the description of “Great for gift giving!” not only normalizes  prescription drug abuse but additionally promotes the deadly combination of mixing them with alcohol. You are telling your shoppers, including teens and young adults, that prescription pills are funny and fun, and so is alcohol. Additionally, do you have any idea of the message your company is sending to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a drug overdose? Do you have no moral responsibility in what type of products your company promotes for public use? I implore you to immediately remove these items and their images from any and all physical and online sales locations. I would also ask that until BigMouth Inc stops the manufacture, sale & promotion of such items, that you cease to purchase any of their products for sale in your outlets. Until these items and images are removed, I - and all those I know - will not patronize your businesses. In fact, I will be sure to tell everyone or anyone I come in contact with that they should not do business with any company that so blatantly promotes drug use and perpetuates the stigma of addiction. Thank you for your time and I will look forward to your reply.  

michelle jaskulski
177 supporters