Petition to Athol Trollip
Re-open public libraries in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturdays!
I grew up in a time before smartphones and wifi. During the 1980s I used to visit the public library and read books, comics and magazines. Some of my favourites were Asterix and Tintin. Getting a new copy of these books I was so excited I started reading them while walking home. This was also a time before Uber � One of the people who inspired me all along is my aunt, Mrs Elizabeth Muller, who retired in 2009 as the head of the Uitenhage Town Library. Since that time, all libraries in Nelson Mandela Bay are no longer open on Saturdays. The main reason is the local government refusing to pay overtime for the staff. It’s not clear whether libraries in the rest of South Africa are open on Saturdays. Anyway, we can all agree libraries are safe environments for children to learn, read and sometimes gain access to the Internet. When a library is closed, it prevents the local community from improving their literacy rates outside of schools. I believe the fact that libraries are closed on Saturdays violates the South African Bill of Rights, especially the right to Education. With such high crime and unemployment among our young people, can we can’t afford to keep libraries closed. They are the ideal environment for adults and children, to connect with each other. So I encourage you to join me in petitioning the Premier of the Eastern Cape, and the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, to re-open public libraries on Saturdays! Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Steve Biko said, “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” BACKGROUND The Nelson Mandela Bay Library Service is made up of the 20 public libraries of the former City of Port Elizabeth, and the towns of Despatch and Uitenhage. Libraries are situated in Algoa Park, Allanridge, Booysen Park, Chatty, Despatch, Elukhanyisweni, Gelvandale, Kwadwesi, Kwamagxaki, Kwanobuhle, Linton Grange, the centre of town in Port Elizabeth (Main Library), Motherwell, Newton Park, North End, Walmer, West End, the Uitenhage town centre, and Zwide. In addition there are 3 modular libraries at Colchester, Kwazakhele and Kuyga which will open their doors to the public soon. A new library in Qeberga township, Walmer was opened in June 2017. All these libraries provide lending and reference books, and photocopy and faxing services. Specialised research facilities are also available. The Red Location Library is a digital library which has as its main objective documenting the history of apartheid in South Africa, with further information on colonialism and liberation struggles world wide. Although the library is not yet open to the public, a number of books on the topic are available on the e-Media Library via the metro website. The Africana Library housed within the Main Library building concentrates on the social and cultural history of the metro area in particular and the Eastern Cape in general. This library is currently closed for renovation. The contact numbers of the libraries are available under "Libraries" in the Services Directory on this website.
Petition to E.L James, Russell Perreault
Make "50 shades in 50 images" available for everyone to purchase
There are more than thousands of Fifty shades fans worldwide who are a true fan base dedicated to the books and movies. On feb. 09 2018 we got our last taste of the trilogy, and now that it's done we are all left feeling empty, and we want more to hold on to. A perfect way for us to end the trilogy would be for us to be able to purchase the "Fifty shades in fifty images" book that was made available to a small amount of people who went to the Paris premiere etc. Many of us couldn't make it, yet we are dying to get our hands on this book to treasure our much loved story of love. I have made this petition because I know it is not just me who feels so strongly about this, we need to come together to prove his worth it will be to make the book available for fans to purchase!
Petition to Amazon, Amazon.com
Stop Amazon from removing reviews on books
Amazon are making it harder for us to get and keep reviews on our books. They ask for reviews and ratings on the products but then pick at how you obtained it. We are always appreciative of readers who leave a review after reading our work, but many are being removed. The problem is a lot of readers follow their favourite authors on Facebook or appear on their friends list and Amazon see this as bias. Facebook is a social networking site, and authors and readers alike use it as such. Readers find it to be one of the easiest way to get updates and interact with Authors. Unfortunately Amazon is taking this as a sign that the readers are showing bias when leaving a review and removing it. The readers are being penalised for wanting to befriend an author and get updates. This in turn is making it difficult for authors, if we don't accept friend requests, we risk losing readers, but on the other hand if we do we lose reviews. We are in a no win position as reviews are needed for our books to gain visibility.
Petition to Netflix, Warner Brothers, BBC, Velvet tv, All3media
Make 'Theirs not to reason why' by Jean Johnson into a tv series
If you have read 'Theirs not to reason why', and enjoyed the series as much as I have. Then sign this petition and help bring Ia's universe to life on screen. If you are unfortunate to have not read the series yet or not much of a reader but love Sy-Fi, then look no further. This is a wonderful thought out series with lots of action, and a dabble of humour, twisted together to create a wide universe of different types of aliens. From diplomatic Gatsugi, to human and alien eating Salik. So pleace sign this petition to bring it alive on the screen for all to enjoy.