Business and Brands
Petition to YouTube , Susan Wojcicki
Reinstate SBSK comment sections on YouTube
Video explanation here: https://youtu.be/Wy7Tvo-q63o YouTube has taken discriminatory action against SBSK (YouTube.com/specialbooksbyspecialkids) and other channels that feature minors as part of an over-reaching effort to combat child predation on their platform. They have chosen channels at random and disabled all of their comments without any sort of transparency or real communication with creators. Their actions were not all encompassing, rather many channels (especially those tied to large corporations and advertisers) have been left unaffected. They have no information for creators/communities on how long the comments will be disabled or if the action is permanent. We at SBSK are fighting this blatant discrimination and censorship of the disability community. Our impact as a channel and a nonprofit is greatly limited without our comment section. We are heartbroken and angry for all that we have lost due to YouTube's actions. Chris and I have advocated since receiving the initial notice last week, but our pleas and outrage have been ignored. We are asking you, our community across the globe, to rally around us and to fight this discrimination. Please sign our petition and include a message demanding the immediate reinstatement of comments on SBSK's channel. You can read our full open letter to YouTube below: Dear YouTube, On our channel, comments aren't just "an important way for our team to engage with our community"... they are as paramount to the work we are doing and the positive global change we are trying to promote as the videos themselves. Our comment section is where the individuals we feature often hear and experience societal acceptance for the first time. They are a place where information and tips are shared; where myths are dispelled and stigma challenged. They are a place, (one of the only public forums) where someone can be acknowledged as more than their diagnosis. Our comment section is where dialogue happens. Where perspectives are challenged and widened. It is where empathy is found, fostered, and made commonplace. To have lost our comment section is devastating for our team and our community. It is devastating to our mission and the neurodiversity movement that had found it's voice on YouTube. I appreciate your response, and while I believe there is a need to further protect minors on your platform, there has to be another way. Half of our mission is to show those we feature that society will accept them if they have the courage to put themselves out there. So far, every person I have interviewed has been met with an abundance of loving and supportive comments. I am incredibly proud of SBSK's followers and the empowerment and ownership they feel towards our channel. We have one of those most positive comment sections on the internet; one that is monitored by us and policed by our community who will accept nothing less than respect in those forums. By choosing to move forward this way, YouTube will severely minimize our impact as a non-profit. In trying to do the right thing with an emphasis to protect your advertisers, you have genuinely hurt people and censored them. These individuals are not the pedophiles you were targeting, just collateral damage. The disability community has fought too hard and long for it's voice. I know there has to be a way that we can work together to support the protection of minors on YouTube without isolating and silencing the disability community once more. We ask that you consider us for the group of channels who will be allowed comments while working with you to moderate them. Sincerely, Chris Ulmer and Alyssa Porter Team SBSK
Petition to Rena Reiss
Marriott, stop letting your employees die without the retirement funds we are owed
FR I ES I BR My name is Dimitri Veltsos. I’m 77, an American and from Greek background and ancestry. I have worked--in many a position worldwide--for the Meridien hotel chain, which is part of the Marriott group. Upon my retirement in 2008, I discovered that Marriott-Meridien's negligence had resulted in a significant discrepancy in my retirement funds. Despite my years of hard work, they had failed to contribute to my retirement plan as they had promised. As they had done with 500 of my colleagues, my former employer did not contribute to my retirement fund while I was working abroad. 50 of my colleagues have already taken the case to court. After 10 years, Marriott-Meridien had been told to pay them what they owed them. I waited for 7 years just for the courts to hear and settle my case. 5 of my colleagues passed away since the start of the legal action. Others are living in misery. 500 other employees, also concerned, are not yet aware of what awaits them. This is unworthy of the world’s leading hotel group and of its President, Arne Sorenson, who was elected President of the Year 2019 by Chief Executive magazine. With 50 court judgments against them, Marriott-Meridien could have decided to settle with all affected employees. The French Supreme Court ruled on in such a way that Marriott-Meridien knows they will not avoid the future sentences. The only way they won’t have to settle is if they cynically drag out proceedings until death eliminates us, one by one. This despicable option is exactly how Marriott-Meridien has chosen to proceed. They are wrong and they know it. However, they forced me and 49 of my colleagues to file a claim simply to get what is due to us. As they will do for my other 500 colleagues. And what rights are we talking about? Just to end our days with dignity. We dedicated our working lives, tirelessly, sometimes for decades, to promote their brand and make them money. Now we just want them to keep their end of the bargain. For the most part, we are well over the age of 64. We’re not all dead yet, and we’re fighting back. Today, we need all of you. Help us tell Marriott: their behavior is unethical and that they do not respect the principles proclaimed everywhere and even on the front page of their official website it’s despicable to let former employees die without justice that you will no longer condone this behavior by visiting their hotels Please help us stand up to this hotel giant; sign the petition and share it with those around you.
Petition to The Walt Disney Company
STOP Disney - Last Chance for Lighthouse Point
There are plenty of places in the Bahamas where Disney can dock its cruise ships. There is only one Lighthouse Point. We are deeply concerned about Disney’s plans that threaten this unique natural place treasured by generations of Bahamians and visitors from around the world. The seas surrounding the point are so biologically rich that they have been formally proposed as a Marine Protected Area. This is NOT the place where an environmentally responsible corporation would choose to construct a massive private cruise ship port - the centerpiece of which is a half-mile-long pier cutting across coral reefs including endangered staghorn coral. The port’s construction and operation would seriously harm the environment, while the economic benefits to communities in South Eleuthera are still unclear and very questionable. Our planet’s oceans are already facing unprecedented pressures. Their future depends on the choices we make today to protect places like the proposed Lighthouse Point Marine Protected Area. Disney should follow the lead of other cruise companies that have chosen instead to rehabilitate already degraded areas for their cruise facilities. This is our last chance to protect Lighthouse Point for generations to come. Sign the petition to call upon Disney to secure a different, more suitable site for their cruise ship port and instead work with Bahamian citizen groups on a sustainable development alternative for Lighthouse Point.
Petition to Brian Cornell, Jennifer Silberman, Brian Lannan, Doug Baker, George Barrett, Ken Salazar, Melissa McLean, Monica Lozano, Henrique De Castro, Dmitri Stockton, Melanie Healey, Lisa Boyd
Target, Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!
We, Target customers, ask Target to eliminate plastic bags. We understand this won’t be convenient to us, but it is time to act. For those of us who also shop at Costco or IKEA, we know we can survive without plastic bags. 2 million single-use plastic bags are consumed every minute. These bags often wind up in waterways and our landscape, degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. These bags have a massive carbon footprint. Switching to paper is not the answer. The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. We can bring our own bags. If Target provides bags for purchase, we ask it to charge a meaningful amount because this approach works. Plastic bag use fell by 90% in Ireland following a plastic bag tax of 37 cents. In Australia, 2 major retailers led by eliminating plastic bags in their stores and the country reduced plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months. In Los Angeles county, a plastic bag ban with a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95%. Target’s current 5 cent incentive for those bringing bags does not meaningfully curb Target’s plastic bag consumption. We want Target to act swiftly. Target’s plastic bags are choking the earth.
Petition to Kevin Plank, ÖSV Präsident Prof. Peter Schröcksnadel, Präsident Oke Göttlich, Kevin Mansell, Roberta Myre
Please Boycott Under Armour for promoting Trophy-Hunters
Picture: Under Armour sponsored "Athlete" and Trophy Killer Lee Lakosky. Under Armour sponsors numerous Trophy-hunters like Kendall Jones, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Cameron Hanes, and many others, to kill wild animals for sport on different continents in order to promote the sale of Under Armour Hunting Gear. Under Armour trophy hunters flaunt their numerous kills ostentatiously on "UNDER ARMOUR HUNT" social media pages as well as their personal websites. To Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour: "Sir, the inspired spirit of innovation that built your company is contrary to the sport hunting programs you support and sponsor. Watching individuals butcher unsuspecting wild animals for the thrill of killing, flaunting pictures of themselves with their kills on social media is something that haunts any conscientious human being. Your aim to inspire through sport is noble and innovative. Including killing sentinent beings into that aim is base, grotesque and inhumane. Please reconsider and cancel your involvement in hunting. It literally destroys the reputation of your entire company."
Petition to Movie Theaters
Movie Theaters - Open Captions (Subtitles) Are for Everyone!
Shortcut url: https://tinyurl.com/ocmoviesnow ) What are open captions (subtitles)? Open captions are on-screen text dialogue. Open captions let deaf and hard of hearing people enjoy movies the same way as hearing people do. (Many hearing people also benefit from open captions, as seen below.) Some people with hearing loss do like closed captioning equipment, but given a choice, the majority will choose open captions because closed caption equipment has multiple issues: often uncomfortable may cause eyestrain dizziness headaches malfunctions drop lines show the wrong captions may repeat lines batteries die may be unsanitary can't stay in place without being held can not be used by some people due to vision impairment. As a result of the above issues, most users of captions prefer open captions. OPEN CAPTIONS ARE FOR EVERYONE! Captions also benefit many others, as discussed in the research article "Video Captions Are for Everyone:" Kids learning to read People with autism People learning English as a second language People with auditory processing disorder or issues People with sensitivity to noise (hyperacusis), tinnitus, or meniere's Some people with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Some people with down syndrome or learning disabilities People starting to lose their hearing Veterans with battle-acquired hearing loss People who have difficulty understanding dialogue when there is noise, mumbling, whispering, or accents. People with roommates or parents with young children Plus, many young adults today grew up exposed to closed captions (mom and dad always turned the closed captions on the TV) so now they are in the habit of using captions or actually prefer captions! And many people like watching streamed movies and TV shows with the subtitles on. Some theaters are very willing to show open captioned movies. Unfortunately, many theaters are not willing to offer open captions despite pleas from people with hearing loss. When open captioned movies are requested, requests may be denied or only poorly attended time slots are offered. When blockbusters open, generally less than 2 percent of theaters nationwide will offer them open captioned. This happened with Joker, Avengers Endgame, and Star Wars RoS. It is also common for requests for open captioned screenings on opening weekends to be denied. There is an effort under way to get laws in states and cities to require open captions as an additional option in movie theaters. Hawaii already has such a law, which took effect on July 1, 2019. Your signature demonstrates to legislators how much demand and support there is for open captions in movie theaters! Currently there are bills in: Virginia Washington, DC Vermont We call on movie theaters to give open captions a real chance with better dates and time slots. Make open captions a standard option alongside closed captions. Most importantly, we call on movie theaters to stop looking at open captions as being only for deaf and hard of hearing people, and start looking at open captions as being for everyone! **************************************************************** Open Caption Petitions are Around the Globe! Even if you don't live in those countries you can still sign their petitions because what if you visited those countries and wanted to see a movie there? Marvel Studios - Open Caption the Eternals for Everyone! https://tinyurl.com/eternalsoc4all Australia: OC at Hoyts https://tinyurl.com/hoytsocnow UK: More Reasonable OC times https://tinyurl.com/ukocnow Canada: OC in Canadian Theatres https://tinyurl.com/canadaocnow
Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom, Julia Brownley, Jared Blumenfeld, Rick Perry
No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab
When my daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, at age four, I thought that our family had the worst, most devastating luck. But after spending months in the hospital with her, we learned that she was one of over 50 children who may have been poisoned by one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in America. Sign to demand that California's EPA and the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) enforce the AOC cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer. Grace Ellen’s form of cancer was incredibly aggressive. At age four she was put on several clinical trials, had ten times the normal amount of chemotherapy, and spent two years fighting her cancer. A year and a half later her cancer came back and she underwent a bone marrow transplant. She was unable to walk or eat or drink, and had to fight for her life in the hospital isolation floor. Her childhood was stolen from her, and it haunts me to know her cancer might have been avoidable. She, like the other 50 children, grew up within 20 miles the Santa Susana Field Lab, land which was developed in the 1940s to conduct nuclear research. In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history – and it was completely covered up for years. Our community has up to 60% higher cancer rates, 20% higher invasive breast cancer rates, we have the reports to prove it. It is the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s job to clean up this mess. They know our children are sick and dying, but they aren’t taking any meaningful action against those who own the land – Boeing, NASA and the DOE. The Woolsey Fire, which began on Santa Susana Field Lab, may have exposed millions of people in Southern California to the chemical and radioactive waste from the site, via ash and smoke. It proved once again that we will not be safe until the site is 100% cleaned up. I will protect my children even if I have to tear down mountains with my bare hands – and I am one of many parents fighting for our kids. To win this, we need DTSC and CalEPA, with the support of California's elected officials, to enforce the AOC cleanup once and for all. Will you join us?
Petition to Food and Drug Administration
Ban Harmful Chemicals in Hair Dyes and Straighteners Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk
My name is Natasha, and I am an activist for a women's health and environmental charity--but that’s not the only reason why I’ve made this petition. For more than 15 years, my mother sought medical attention for a lump on her right breast. However, her primary care physician neglected to send her to a specialist for further examinations of her lump, claiming that it was just calcification. She had to be her own advocate, found a new PCP, and insisted on further tests. At age 60 my mother, Luisa, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment, following her double mastectomy surgery this past August. In 2007 her younger sister, Betty, died of breast cancer at age 43. Genetic testing found no hereditary explanation for my mother’s diagnosis, but rather that the disease was contracted through environmental factors. For decades, my mother often used permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners, due to a lack of awareness of the harmful ingredients they possessed. Hair products are made up of more than 5,000 chemicals, many of which contain carcinogens. Most of these harsh chemicals are rarely listed on the product labels, making it nearly impossible for consumers to know exactly how they can impact their health. Researchers suspect the link between hair dyes and chemical straighteners, and an increased association of breast cancer, can be traced back to the toxic ingredients in hair products that we inhale and absorb through our skin during use. In December 2019, new research found that women who used permanent hair dye or chemical straighteners were at higher risk of developing breast cancer--and this disproportionately affects women of color like my mother, who consume more toxic hair products than anyone else. Use of hair dye is associated with about a 45 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer among Black women (compared to a 7% higher risk for white women). That is an unacceptable health risk. One in eight U.S. women are diagnosed in their lifetime with breast cancer, and about 41,760 women in the United States are expected to die in 2019 from it. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women. Black women--who continue to be medically overlooked in a myriad of ways--are also diagnosed at a later stage and consequently die at a higher rate after diagnosis. I won’t let this happen to my mom without a fight. This is why I am urgently calling on the Food and Drug Administration and leading hair product manufacturers to act now and ban all toxic chemicals from hair dyes and straighteners. These alarmingly toxic chemicals are harmful and not needed in hair dye and chemical straighteners, and their life-threatening impacts are thoroughly preventable. Fortunately we are seeing more and more corporations embracing chemical-free options, and we would like to urge the FDA to take action to ensure that women’s lives are protected from unnecessary cancers. In order to save lives, it is therefore crucial that we urgently bring about change so that these harmful substances are removed from commonly used hair products. In the meantime, I appeal to women who use those products to avoid buying them. Boycott these companies who continue to put these carcinogenic products into the hands of women--in spite of the scientific evidence of their role in increasing breast cancer risk. These companies are killing women slowly. Please sign and share so that together we can stop harmful chemicals from ever ending up in hair dyes and straighteners in the first place. Thank you for fighting for my mom, and for women everywhere. Natasha Link to NIH study: https://bit.ly/2LYckzt Campaign hashtag: #ToxicFreeHair