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Petition to Bryon L. Grigsby, Betsy Miller

Save America's Oldest Bookstore!

Moravian College recently bought the independent Moravian Book Shop with plans to turn it into a Barnes & Noble college bookstore, which will end the 273-year-old business. Please stand with us in telling them "NO!" The Moravian Book Shop has anchored Bethlehem’s historic downtown for generations and has built itself into the premier location for books, gifts and Christmas decorations in downtown Bethlehem. Despite what some people have said in the news, after a few up and down years, the Moravian Book Shop is in a good position in terms of its core business.  In the last year we have streamlined our operations and modernized the store’s back-end systems. We had almost $2 million in sales last year and we are on pace for an even better 2018. In fact, any financial difficulty stems from the Moravian Church’s Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and the Moravian Book Shop’s Board of Directors decision, over the protest of lower management and employees, to take out bad loans to open a location in Allentown in 2015. The Allentown store lost money for two years and when it closed last year the bad loans became due. Despite the Bethlehem location’s strengthening position we were not able to absorb the entire cost of the bad loans and so the PEC decided to negotiate in secret to sell the store. As it currently stands, the Moravian Book Shop will be taken over by Barnes & Noble (the national bookstore chain) and Sodexo (a multinational food services company) to provide a college bookstore for Moravian College. All of our staff will be laid off, though we were told we could interview for jobs at the new store, and the mission of the Moravian Book Shop will be lost forever. Moravian College is a great school, indeed, my brother and many of my close friends are alumni. And, the Moravian College students deserve a place to buy their textbooks, but that need does not have to erase 273 years of Bethlehem’s history. I think there are other avenues worth exploring, but if the sale from the Moravian Church to Moravian college is inevitable, the college has a choice as to who will operate the bookstore, including giving the current management a chance to show what we are capable of. I ask you to please tell the college that local small businesses are important for the health of our historic downtown and the entire city. We need you to sign the petition and contact Moravian College (information below) to tell we do not want huge national and multinational corporations controlling our downtown! Bryon L. Grigsby President, Moravian College 610-861-1364  

Leo Atkinson
88,823 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Douglas Dempster

Save the University of Texas-Austin Fine Arts Library

Recently the University of Texas at Austin has suffered a misfortune that may be unique in modern American academic history:  the concerted attempt by its administration to eliminate an entire research library of several hundred thousand holdings and inestimable scholarly value—all without consultation of faculty and students. The attempt, planned in at least three stages, has been completely successful in the first two.  It may yet succeed in full. In 2016 and 2017, Dean Douglas Dempster of the College of Fine Arts, with the approval of Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Lorraine Haricombe, ordered the removal of about 75,000 volumes from the library to repurpose the fourth floor for a new School of Design and Creative Technologies.  Before that the dean had appropriated part of the third floor for a new maker space, The Foundry, a shared project between UT Libraries and the his developing School. Why colonize the library space? Because The College of Fine Arts had been unable to raise sufficient funds to finance a new building. Both stages—the appropriation of the third-floor space and the complete eradication of the stacks on the fourth floor—were undertaken without the consent of the faculty and students in the College of Fine Arts. Instead, they were presented to them as a fait accompli.  Already in 2016-17 virtually all of the journals from the library—and some proportion of books—were shipped to the Joint Library Facility shared with Texas A&M, over 100 miles away. Evidently books and journals sent to the facility are no longer solely owned by UT Austin and cannot be physically recovered. Duplicate books and journals are deaccessioned. Now, Dean Dempster and Vice Provost Haricombe are aiming to remove the main book stacks on the larger fifth floor, currently the heart of the Fine Arts Library, to make space for the expansion of the Dean’s new School.  The reduction of the Fine Arts Library has dealt a serious blow to the constituent units of the College— the Butler School of Music, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.  Among the faculty and students the reaction oscillates between anger and disbelief that administrators in a Research 1 institution could have undertaken such a foolish and self-defeating action.  The impact of this decision for scholarship and teaching, as well as for research, recruitment, and retention is immeasurable. Therefore we, the undersigned, condemn these actions in the strongest terms.  Further, we adamantly oppose any future attempts to reduce, remove, or encumber the Fine Arts Library’s physical collections, which contribute immeasurably to UT’s internationally renowned excellence.

Save the UT Libraries!
7,018 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Stephen Houser, Stephen Whigham, Jack Hill, Bill Hitchens, Valerie Bell, Mashell Fashion, Director, Lillie Crowe, Director, Scott Routsong, Director, Richard Groves, Director, Susan Stephens, Director, Lecia Eubanks, Director, Leslie Clark, Director, Rosalind Lett, Director, Kathy Griffis, Director, Stacy Brown, Director, Alison Weissinger, Lisa Rigsby, Director, Pauline Abidde, Director, Jan Burroughs, Director, Natalie Marshall, Director, Mary Lin Maner, Director, Lisa MacKinney, Director, Richard Sanders, Director, J. Sara Paulk, Director, Carol Taylor, Director, Gary McNeely, Director, Anne M. Isbell, Director, Claire Leavy, Director, Geri Mullis, Director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser, Director, Holly Phillips, Director, Vince Stone, Director, Lace Keaton, Director, Delana Knight, Director, Darla Chambliss, Director, Anne Bowen, Director, Cameron Asbell, Director, Martha F. Powers-Jones, Director, Billy Tripp, Director, Beth McIntyre, Director, Cynthia Kilby, Director, Pam Grigg, Director, Delana Sissel, Director, Mark Cole, Director, Kathryn Youles, Director, Miguel Vicente, Director, Susan S. Whittle, Director, Jennifer Durham, Director, Nancy Tillinghast, Director, Diana Very, Director, Keith Schuermann, Director, Stephen Houser, Director, Ben Carter, Director, Jessica Everingham, Director, Leigh Wiley, Director, Nathan Deal, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, John Lewis, Gerald Greene, Sanford Bishop, David Scott, Wesley Cantrell, Hank Johnson, Doug Collins, Gabriel Morley, Director, Carmen Sims, Director, Alan Harkness, Director, Helen Poyer, Director, Jimmy Bass, Director, Alison Weissinger, Director, Anna Lyle, Director, Charles Pace, Director, Anita Summers, Director

Better Digital Library Access for Georgia

Recently, the Georgia Download Destination changed content companies to RB Digital from Overdrive. This radically changed digital content and availability to those who check out ebooks and audio books through the Georgia public libraries. In a world that is technology driven, I hoped this change would improve availability, options, and access. It did not. Patrons are now forced to switch from downloading content using the Overdrive system to RB digital where Ebook selection is poor. But the most devastating part of the switch is that RB Digital does not work with eReaders! This is a step backwards, not forwards! This effects everyone in every community in Georgia. Georgia residents need access to Overdrive to allow individuals the ability to read from anywhere at anytime on their eReaders...not computers and tablets. Georgia residents should be able to read digital content without being forced to spend additional time behind a screen. Georgia Residents should be able to read on eReaders (and a kindle fire is a tablet not an eReader!). Reading is a form of entertainment and enjoyment but most importantly education. Shouldn't the library system be able to offer digital reading options to children, youth, and young adults without forcing screens and technology. I am unaware of why this switch was made, but this desperately needs to be rectified! The communities, libraries, and state need more options and easier access to books... Not less. Please return access to Overdrive and increase content! 

Sara Huntley
57 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Katy ISD, Dr. Lance Hindt, Maria Dipetta

Support Intellectual Freedom : Keep "The Hate U Give" on Katy ISD Book Shelves

Hello, my name is Nyshira A. Lundy. I am a 15 year old freshman and resident of the Katy/Richmond area. Recently, the superintendent of Katy ISD pulled a book out of the district libraries called "The Hate U Give". This book was removed without the superintendent or school board even reading it! He pulled this book due to a complaint that he had received from one father who claimed to have read a minute portion of this novel. This dad exclaimed "I did read some of the pages. I read 13 pages, and I was very appalled." He stated that he felt this way because, the book displays some explicit language and the use of drugs. Written below is my letter to the superintendent and my reasons why I think this book should be placed back on the school shelves. Dear Dr. Lance Hindt,    I’m writing this letter to discuss the removal of the book “The Hate U Give” from your district's libraries. Correct me if I am wrong but, the reason behind this book being pulled from the shelves is because of the explicit content laced in it. I understand your reasoning for when it comes to sheltering your students from harsh words or entertaining the subject of drugs or sex. However, I think you should heavily consider putting the book back on your school shelves. Due to the fact that the book is educational when it comes to informing teenagers about unnecessary shooting against African-american people. This book showcases the aftermath of a situation like this concerning friends and family, which is something that teenagers need to be informed about. Not only is this book a superb educational source but, it also has an inspiring story. While reading this book I realized that the main character (Starr Carter) was a lot like me in many ways! Growing up as black girl and attending a predominantly white prep school, at times it can be difficult to feel confident. I personally thought that it was really cool to see that Starr felt the same way. Starr Carter has taught me that it is okay to be myself. That I should take charge and stand up for what I believe in. Most importantly Starr has taught me that my black is beautiful. I really admire the author “Angie Thomas” and after reading her book I was even inspired to create my own! I would strongly suggest that you take the time to read this incredible book and reconsider putting this book  back on your school shelves. In fact this book might be a great tool for the Katy ISD school district. It can bring about unity and understanding among the different races in your middle and high schools. By placing the book back on the shelf it also gives the children a choice. If they decide they would like to read this book and their parents allow them to, then they should have the freedom to do so. However, if there is a child that does not want to read this book or their parent does not approve of them reading it then they don’t have to. I personally believe that children should have intellectual freedom. I would assume that you as a superintendent would have the same intent. Sincerely, Ny'shira A. Lundy If you also believe in intellectual freedom then please join me in my protest by signing my petition. To read more concerning this particular topic visit the link(s) below: The Hate U Give (Bustle) The Hate U Give (Aol) The Hate U Give (Vulture) The Hate U Give (Quartz) The Hate U Give (Boston Globe) To read more about this incredible author click the link below:

Ny'shira Lundy
3,738 supporters