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Petition to Weight Watchers

Discontinue plans for Weight Watchers program for teenagers

This summer, my family spent 18 weeks at an eating disorder treatment center while my step-daughter fought a crippling eating disorder. Eating disorders are caused by a variety of factors, but I know that our culture of obsessive dieting are a huge factor. As the parent of someone who almost died from an eating disorder, I was horrified to learn that this summer, Weight Watchers will offer a free program aimed at teenagers like my step-daughter. Join my campaign to demand that Weight Watchers stop plans to target teenagers. Eating disorders have a 10% fatality rate and are the most fatal type of mental illness. My step-daughter’s illness was so severe that she spent 9 weeks being fed from a tube. She developed heart issues, hormonal issues, and insulin-resistance because of heavy dieting while her body was still developing. Some of the other children in treatment center with her have bone-density loss and organ damage as well. These are not diseases to be taken lightly. Weight Watchers claims that its new program is meant to encourage healthy habits at a young age – but we know that dieting more often leads to unhealthy habits which can spiral into dangerous diseases. This program has nothing to do with teenagers’ health and everything to do with the company’s goal to grow its revenue to more than $2 billion by 2020. Weight Watchers thinks its bottom line is more important than our children’s health and that is unacceptable. If you have comments about this petition that could be triggering to eating disorder warriors, please feel free to email them to me at idisagreewithsarah@cheerful.com.  I would love to hear from you!

Sarah Wright
22,867 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border.

The New York Times reported on Friday that since October 2017 more than 700 children have been separated along the southwest border from adults claiming to be their parents, including 100 children under the age of 4. Many of these children remain in custody indefinitely apart from their parents. “Needlessly ripping kids, toddlers, babies away from their parents is inhumane, barbaric and unconstitutional. An Administration that purports to uphold family values is callously inflicting devastating trauma on children and families in service of its punitive immigration policies,” said Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights. In an amicus brief filed in March on behalf of an asylum seeker separated from her seven-year old daughter, Children’s Rights explained that the traumatic stress that a child experiences when needlessly separated from a parent may have life-long consequences because it can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems and increase the risk of stress-related diseases and cognitive impairment well into the adult years.Children’s Rights will work with its partners to continue to advocate for immigrant children separated from their families. As Christina Remlin, Lead Attorney and author of our amicus brief put it: “How can we tuck our children in at night, knowing that our government is doing this to other parents who love theirs as much as we do? “How do we inflict such cruel trauma on children?” Please sign and share our petition to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. About Children’s Rights Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and healthcare systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, we hold governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. Children’s Rights has made a lasting impact, protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and we are poised to help millions more. They are depending on us…and you. http://www.childrensrights.org/    

Children's Rights
85 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Rand Paul, Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House, James Kay, Matt Bevin, Andy Barr, Gregory Stumbo, Mitch McConnell

Logan's Law will protect helpless victims and their familes, and give them proper justice.

#loganslaw would protect innocent helpless victims, giving them and their families a voice, giving killers of these people proper punishment making the time fit the crime, and never giving killers hope for parole. They should always be found guilty if they are caught in the act and confess. Helpless victims can be elderly, disabled, women, children,  anyone that is helpless in defending themselves from death.  On 12/7/15, Ronald Exantus broke into our home around 3:30 am while I was working. He attacked my 7 year old daughter, slicing her back with a knife, beat and stabbed my 6 year old son to death 20 times, tried to gut my 11 year old daughter, who was fighting him off, then attacked my husband who had just had shoulder surgery. In that order. Within 90 seconds police arrived, and Exantus was secured by police. That is when my husband found my son, not knowing he was hurt, he rolled him over and then held him as he took his final breath. Exantus admitted to everything immediately after. He understood his rights and requested an attorney at the jail. March 19, 2018, a jury in Lexington KY found him not guilty of murder and burglary by reason of insanity, but guilty of the assaults on my daughters and husband. We feel this is an injust verdict, it is inconsistent and we have been failed by our system. They are essentially telling us that no-one murdered Logan. We want justice. We want justice for Logan, our family, and our entire community EVERY life matters and is worth so much more than anything else. To be told no one killed your son, when the man was caught with your sons blood on his hands at the scene of the murder, confessed to police officers that he committed the murder and why, and his defense team admitted to the jury that he did in fact kill your son, is heart breaking and just flat out wrong. There should never be a not guilty of murder verdict when these events above transpired. Guilty but mentally ill was an option. We are confused as to how a jury can say the murderer is not guilty if the defense team themselves admit in their opening statements to the jury that their defendant DID kill Logan Tipton.  We want Logan's Law to help any and all helpless victims. And their families. If a defendant is given rights, the victims families deserve rights as well. We want justice for the innocent life of sleeping 6 year old Logan Tipton, and any other helpless victim deserves proper justice as well. Inconsistent verdicts like the one that told everyone No one killed Logan, should never be allowed in any courtroom in our country. 

Heather pujol
7,775 supporters