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Petition to Anthony Malkin

ESRT: Stop Profiteering Off 9/11 - Be Fair to NYC's WBAI Pacifica Radio

Dear Mr. Malkin, My son, police officer John W. Perry, was killed on 9/11/2001 while attempting to save a woman’s life when the South Tower collapsed on him and countless others that horrific day.  The pain and impact of 9/11 were felt by local businesses and people throughout the New York City area.  One of those impacts was that your property, the Empire State Building, became one of the few places for local TV and Radio to transmit from since all antennas on the Twin Towers were destroyed.   One of those stations, Pacifica's WBAI, has been part of the fabric of our great city for decades and now is on the verge of shutting down because you continue to price gouge and take advantage of the station by repeatedly jacking up the monthly lease payments.  You took advantage of this when WBAI's antenna tower lease was renewed in 2005 by making the license fees under the lease increase by more than four times the rate of inflation. That is unconscionable. WBAI management went to Empire State Realty Trust three years ago, asking that you accept the market rate for antenna tower leases because WBAI could not afford the large annual increase in payments in the lease, but never got an answer.  Please negotiate in good faith with WBAI and stop price gouging this small non-profit - be fair and reasonable.  Let them out of their lease, release them from the obligation to keep paying increasingly exorbitant fees, and don't force them to pay additional late fees and legal fees because they have not been able to keep up with the unfair lease payments. This station has always been one of the feelings of pride of our city and beyond - providing a platform for our local elected officials and NYC’s best and brightest.  For decades, WBAI has fearlessly served the public with independent news, music, and public affairs that other stations won't let you hear.  My son did not risk his life for you and Empire State Realty Trust to profit off of it.  It is not the New York Way. Sincerely, Patricia J. Perry, Seaford, New York  

Patricia Perry
722 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Worcester-area Consumers

Boycott Turtleboy Sports Sponsors

Turtleboy Sports Hates Worcester. Turtleboy Sports Hates our Communities. Turtleboy Sports Hates our Schools. Turtleboy Sports Hates our Children. The blog has torn our city down for too long, so now it’s time to fight back by taking on the businesses that raise Turtleboy Sports up. Join us. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We know what you’re thinking— why pick on the businesses when the blog is the problem? Well, they make the blog profitable for the hate monger behind it (you know, the guy who operates it, but then sold it, but then just sells ads, but also uses his voice on the radio and shows up to public meetings when he feels he’s being unjustly criticized . . . wait, where were we? Oh, right). Turtleboy Sports started out terrorizing Worcester residents and gradually moved to expand their reach to those living in other communities. The anonymous authors harass and slander people with lies and lewd behavior, and ridicule anyone who speaks out against their brand of “news”. The blog has cheerfully attacked anyone who crosses their path, stooping as low as to attack children for amusement and targeting local students with disgusting sexual harassment, all while the writers hide behind their anonymity in the comfort of their homes. We know that there are always going to be people out there looking to read their “funny” made up words and stomp on people when they are down. We can’t change the world, we get that. We also know that many local businesses have withdrawn their financial support of Turtleboy Sports’ hate and lies, though. We can only conclude that the blog’s remaining sponsors are fine with the denigration and harassment spewed by the anonymous writers. Our purpose is to inform Worcester, and communities throughout the region, of exactly what these businesses are funding and to make a simple statement: if these businesses are financially supporting a blog that denigrates the people of this city, we can no longer financially support them.The Pike 100FM (WWFX-FM)The Buzz BarbershopSmitty’s TavernAttorney Anthony SalernoPepe’s Italian RestaurantMaria’s Fine JewelryBennie’s CafeThe Gun ParlorAttorney Michael T. Gaffney We are asking you to NOT patronize these businesses. We are asking you to tell your friends to NOT visit these establishments. We are NOT asking you to harass the owners with bad reviews if you haven’t had bad experiences with them in the past. If you feel compelled to have a respectful conversation with the owners, explain why you feel their monetary involvement prevents you from spending your hard-earned money there. With a wealth of small businesses to support in Worcester and the surrounding communities, there are better places for you to spend your money. Got questions? Email us at info@turtleboycott.com.

TurtleBoycott.Com
1,536 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kellenberg Memorial Administration, ​Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland, ​Father Philip K. Eichner

Kellenberg: Ensure Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct by Changing School Policies

Following an incident of sexual assault on school property and a lack of explicit sexual misconduct policies, we are petitioning for two specific actions that Kellenberg Memorial Administration can take to promote a school culture with zero tolerance for sexual misconduct - ensuring the safety, rights and greatest potential of its students. A report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) tells us that 40 to 50 percent of students in grades 7 through 12 experience some form of sexual harassment in just one school year. Extend the time-frame to a student’s full high school career and that number jumps to 80 percent of students. Researchers have found girls are more likely to experience sexual harassment. They report that it is so common and ingrained in their everyday lives that they are often unaware when they are experiencing it - perpetuating the problem. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the issue is so pervasive that once our high school girls get to college, one in five of them will be sexually assaulted in their college career. Sadly, sexual assault does not discriminate based on how remarkable a high school is. Given these statistics and the amount of time kids spend at school (especially in a school like Kellenberg with many active students often catching a 5:30pm late bus home), this is a safety concern that needs to be explicitly addressed to protect students. Private schools such as Kellenberg who run exclusively on tuition and donations, are exempt from Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Title IX is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and governs over protocols on how sexual assault/harassment is handled in educational settings. This means parents paying for their kids to attend Kellenberg are entrusting the administration alone to appropriately monitor these safety concerns without any oversight or compliance requirements from the government. Given that Kellenberg has a reputation of being a phenomenal school - and they are - this trust is often unquestioned. However, Kellenberg Memorial currently does not explicitly address sexual misconduct in their school handbook nor do they seem to have a policy regarding how sexual misconduct is addressed. This is unlike like the school handbooks at diocesan high schools such as Holy Trinity and St. John the Baptist in which they both have “Safe Environment Policy and Reporting” and “Sexual Harassment” sections. The similar language from these handbooks suggest this may be a diocesan requirement that Kellenberg is also exempt from since they are not considered a diocesan high school. The lack of such a policy is a surprising find given the high moral and academic standards the school upholds and the length of other sections of less importance than the safety and well-being of our kids. A recent incident at the school has shed light on ways the school can improve on their policies and school culture. A seventh-grade girl was being harassed by two boys for weeks and received repeated, intimate, unwanted touching from them on school property. Despite written statements from witnesses and the victim's account, these boys only received two days of suspension and were back in school following the incident. The lack of expulsion is a stark contrast from the decision to expel other students for incidents such as school pranks or selling DVDs. The only response from the school was a message on their website which indicated that there was inappropriate behavior among "three" students and steps were taken to address it. The message implied that the victim was somehow to blame. The victim's family, who have other alumni children, chose to withdraw their daughter from Kellenberg for her own well-being. Following the incident, some students and alumnus took to social media to express similar experiences with the school at varying degrees. Others expressed their disappointment in the decision-making and the message the administration is sending. By signing this petition, we are expressing that these policies and messages need to change. We are expressing that we will not stand for a school culture in which sexual misconduct persists or is the norm. If female students are to be treated equally to male students, we need to ensure and be able to trust school staff understand consent in order to address sexual misconduct. We need to ensure that students will feel comfortable reporting incidents that infringe on their rights. We need to ensure that students aren’t implicitly held responsible for inappropriate touches or words they did not consent to, want, or deserve at any given moment (i.e. that they were flirting, in relationship with them, weren’t dressed appropriately). Parents need to ensure that their daughters will be heard and protected when such incidents occur – not shamed. We need to ensure school staff know that if ANY student reports being inappropriately touched or spoken to without their consent, we know asking the victim what they did or didn’t do to provoke it is victim shaming. We need to ensure school staff know that even within a relationship or during a consensual circumstance, unwanted contact can still occur and/or consent could be withdrawn at any time with words like: no, stop, etc. Without an explicit school policy, we can not ensure these things. Kellenberg’s students will excel even more than they already do if they are in an environment that they feel safe, protected, and valued in. By signing this petition, we are calling for Kellenberg Memorial High School to ensure their school culture is one with zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. By signing this petition, we are asking the administration of Kellenberg to take the following two steps that will ensure their students, our sons and daughters, are educated in a setting that has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, ensuring the safety and greatest potential for its students. These steps are: 1.   Designate at least one faculty member for each of the following roles (adopted from Framework for Developing School Policies to Address Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking). Student Advocate: A staff member responsible for supporting victims of abuse during the grievance, disciplinary or accommodations process. The Student Advocate does not have any role in decision-making; their responsibility is to educate students and families about the process and advocate for the rights and preferences of the victim when necessary. This position may also be responsible for educating the student population about the school’s policy and students’ rights under the policies and for collaborating with community partners to increase access for students to support services at school or in the community. School Coordinator: A person who has training in all areas of abuse, harassment and discrimination. This position may also be responsible for educating administrators, and caregivers about the school’s policy and students’ rights under the policies. This position is responsible for overseeing the training of all school employees on dating violence and sexual assault/harassment. The Coordinator may be responsible for developing and facilitating trainings or may collaborate with community organizations to conduct trainings. 2.   Revise Kellenberg's school handbook to safeguard, prevent and address sexual misconduct by adding a new section that addresses sexual misconduct, safe environment and reporting. This section should express that the school holds zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. It would include the importance of safeguarding against sexual misconduct as well as reporting and discipline procedures. Resources and contact information should be included.  These two recommendations come from a consolidation of reputable resources widely used to prevent and address sexual misconduct in schools. The following resources are recommended for guidance on action steps, policy changes and any further actions the school would like to take to ensure this issue does not arise again: Campus Sexual Assault: Suggested Policies and Procedures by the American Association of University Professors Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Framework for Developing School Policies to Address Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking by the U.S. Department of Justice in collaboration with Break the Cycle Know Your IX U.S. Department of Education: Dear Colleague Letter U.S Department of Education: Know Your Rights U.S. Department of Education: Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in Schools - Resources and a Call to Action Aforementioned student handbooks of local Catholic diocesan high schools Thank you for your consideration on this matter.

Barbara DiGangi
749 supporters