Petition to Big Finish
Doctor Who spin-off 'Class' Audio Dramas
'Class', the spin-off of 'Doctor Who' released in 2016, was sadly cancelled after only 8 episodes. However, myself and many others think that it still has many more stories to tell (especially since it ended with a cliffhanger). Big Finish have made hundreds of audio dramas for 'Doctor Who' and another one of its spin-offs 'Torchwood', so it would be the perfect way to give Class the continuation it deserves. For those who have not seen it, 'Class' is a YA sci-fi drama set in Coal Hill academy, where there is a tear in space and time due to excessive time travel in the area (blame the Doctor). It's up to a group of 4 human students, their friend (a gay alien prince), and their physics teacher (morally ambiguous alien freedom-fighter-turned-slave). The cast is hugely diverse: there is a black girl who is super intelligent and skipped two school years; a sikh boy who talks about his religion, and loses a leg in the first episode and has to get used to using a prosthetic, and a gay Polish character (in a relationship with aforementioned gay alien prince) who deals with homophobia, but that isn't his entire character. There are also three strong and complex female main characters. However, 'Class' wasn't very well received, as it was poorly advertised, and originally it only aired online on BBC 3. It then aired on BBC One, but at an inaccessible time slot of 10:45pm on a Monday. It was shown on BBC America in April, and gained quite a lot of views, but clearly not enough for the BBC to think it was worthwhile renewing. I believe that if 'Class' was better advertised, it would be a lot more popular, and Big Finish would be a great way to introduce it to the already existing audio drama audience. The TV show was written by young adult author Patrick Ness, but unfortunately he has said he will not be writing any more for 'Class', which means that Big Finish would have to find their own writer(s). However, as Big Finish writer James Goss wrote a tie-in novel for 'Class', this should not be a problem, and I'm sure there would be other writers willing to work on it as well.
Petition to Poole Council
Stop the Demolition of the Chimney in Hamworthy, Poole
The Hamworthy Chimney is a local landmark loved by all. It helps guide sailing vessels and tourists when trying to find their way. It gives a nod to Poole's historical industrial past. Many of the local people worked at the site at some stage in their lives and it is the last remaining nod after so much of our history has been demolished to make way for people's 'second homes'. Barratt homes has been given the go ahead from Poole Council, without public consultation, to build houses on this site. However the local people would like Barratt Homes to incorporate the chimney in its design as it does not take up much space. (Similar to that of Brewery Square in Dorchester). It is due to be knocked down in late May 2018.
Petition to USI , Union of students in Ireland, Higher Education Authority
Mandatory consent classes for all third level students
After recent cases of sexual assault and rape in the media, it is evident that issues to do with consent are at play in our society. In the alleged Belfast rape trial, Paddy Jackson stated that in his case he 'presume[d] she [the woman who made the claim of rape against him] wanted it to happen' (The Irish Times, 2018). It is about time that third level institutions are supported to give mandatory consent classes to all incoming first years. I believe that this is the first step in changing our attitudes and approaches to sexual consent in our society. Furthermore, we should implement mandatory consent classes in the workplace, and in schools across the nation. Let our past of neglecting consent as a serious issue remain in the past, and not hold us back in our ever-changing society. We fought for marriage equality, we won. Despite the label that Ireland is a backward, Catholic country we proved the world over that we are an outspoken, democratic nation that supports and respects the rights of its citizens. We were the first nation to legalise marriage equality by popular vote and it sent waves across the world, encouraging many nations to follow suit. So let's continue this wonderful journey of changing our society's attitudes and giving the rights and respect to our own people. Recent statistics cited in TheJournal.ie show the opinions of many Irish citizens on certain areas of consent, which appear to be ill-informed and in favor of lack of consent if the person is drunk or wearing revealing clothing: ''The Eurobarometer poll found 11% of Irish people think being drunk or on drugs justifies sex without consent and 9% think it is okay if a person voluntarily goes home with someone or is wearing “revealing, provocative or sexy clothing”. ''The poll indicates 27% of EU respondents believe sex without consent is okay in certain situations.'' ''7% of Irish people surveyed agreed sexual intercourse without consent is justified if the person is out walking alone at night.'' ''18% of Irish respondents also agreed that violence against women is often provoked by the victim.'' However, it also makes a statement in support of the criminalisation of sexual harassment which gives us hope that there is support in Ireland for a change in law and cultural values on the matter- ''The poll also found the vast majority of Irish people think sending unwanted sexual messages, making sexual suggestive comments to a woman in the street and touching a colleague inappropriately is wrong and should be punishable by law.'' Please sign this petition to call on our third level institutions and the government to enforce mandatory consent classes for all those in third level education, and become a part of the solution. Disclaimer: I am a 3rd level student and these are opinions I hold myself, I only wish to encourage others to sign this petition so that we can show the governing bodies and third level institutions that the public are in favor of mandatory consent classes in third level institutions. If you want to contact me on any issues you have with this petition please do so. References: -https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/paddy-jackson-i-didn-t-force-myself-on-her-i-presume-she-wanted-it-to-happen-1.3403179 -http://www.thejournal.ie/sex-consent-survey-3102174-Nov2016/
Petition to UK Parliament
Stop using animal gelatine in medicine capsules
Beef and or pork gelatine is used in the vast majority of medicine capsules. This means that an increasing number of people can't or shouldn't take them because of their religious or animal welfare beliefs. Most of the drugs can be dispensed in a liquid form, but not only this is messy, not necessarily accurate, but in the most part, more expensive. Vegetarian capsules are available, I would like to see pharmaceutical companies switching to these as a matter of course and stop using animal products unnecessarily in the packaging of medicines.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn MP
48.1% of us said no to Brexit so let's call upon our Government to have another referendum. In nearly 7 months we have already seen the devastation that decision has had on our economy, our attitudes to other cultures and on our trade deals so if this petititon gets enough support we can show the government that we want another referendum in which more than that 48.1% of us will show we want to remain in the EU- let's make our voices heard!