Petition to David Pollack, The Pollack Family Trust
Save Our Historic Fairfield Community Theatre #SaveOurCommunity
THE SHORT OF IT: The goal of this petition is to facilitate the sale of the Fairfield Community Theatre to a developer or group to provide a center for affordable entertainment, cultural development and community involvement, while contributing to the vibrancy and economic vitality of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. We call upon the current owners—David Pollack and his family—to sell the property as soon as possible to allow for the theatre's timely redevelopment and restoration as a performing arts space. THE COMPLETE STORY: We all see it just sitting there, in a sad state of disrepair, our Fairfield Community Theatre. It makes us feel as if the town is also in sad shape—despite the vitality that surrounds it. And why not? When a downtown theatre closes and the theatre remains vacant, it is usually one of the first signs of downtown decay. Collectively, we are saddened that something has been lost here and we can’t help to feel the pain for our children, our community and the future of our town. We drive by and wish that somebody would do something to fix it. We wonder, "who owns it?” And, "why doesn’t the town do something about it?” The truth is that there have been many attempts to revitalize this property since its closing on September 8, 2011—nearly 5 1/2 years ago. In fact, there are many interested property developers and private groups today that would like to buy the property and invest several million dollars needed to revitalize it into a performing arts multifunctional space for events such as concerts, live theatre performances, comedy shows, etc. You don’t realize it, but it’s a big space; nearly 8,000 square feet seating over 700 people in its current configuration—giving it plenty of space for different uses. Imagine attending a children’s production on a Saturday afternoon or taking-in a comedy act; in a place that was constructed in 1900 and operated continuously at the center of the Fairfield community for nearly 100 years. We all want it fixed and we can envision how it will bring vitality and further economic development to our community—especially at a time when our property taxes continue to rise. In fact, its revitalization has very widespread community support. According to a 2013 survey conducted by students at Sacred Heart’s Jack F. Welch College of Business Graduate Program, 97% of the 1,901 respondents were aware of the theatre and they were overwhelmingly positive about a potential revitalization project. Many respondents wanted to help fund the effort or left comments of general support for the project. Others described their memories of the theatre and noted it as a historical landmark. There was a true affinity for the Fairfield Community Theatre and a strong desire to revitalize the space. Their research and analysis has proven that a multifunctional space is the best analysis and most popular choice from a financial perspective as well as from the community members. If we have nearly full community support and active interest by developers to revitalize the Fairfield Community Theatre, then what’s the problem, you ask? That is the very reason for this communication and petition—we need the current owners to agree to sell the property. The building is owned by The Pollack Family Trust—led by David Pollack, who is a long time Fairfield resident—and to date they have rebuffed all efforts to lease or sell the property despite repeated attempts by First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Mark Barnhart and the Fairfield Economic Development Commission to broker a deal between David Pollack and various developers over the years. David Pollack and the Pollack Family Trust were offered their asking price to lease the theater, but David and his family declined the offer—defying both logic and our collective community interest. And, its costing the Trust money every year to just sit on the property, which I estimate to be greater $500,000 in total lost rental income since the property closed in 2011—calculated using their own reported monthly lease payment for the property. The value to the community is clear and only David Pollack and his family are standing in the way of our community and our children having our Fairfield Community Theatre back. I call upon David and his siblings to have a heart and work with the Town of Fairfield toward the timely sale of the property. Who am I and why am I the ideal person to lead this groundswell of community support for change? I am an 11 year Fairfield resident with 2 children (who attend Sherman and Trinity Pre-school) and a new baby girl on the way later this summer. I was appointed to the town’s Economic Development Commission in late 2016 by the First Selectman and I promised that I would make it a priority to do something about this theatre—selfishly for my children and for the entire Fairfield community. Also, I am Vice President, Brand Strategy and Integrated Communications at Quinnipiac University, so I know something about branding, marketing and audience activation—especially how to leverage social media to drive change. Simply put, I love our town and like so many others in our community, I'm pained to see such an extraordinary opportunity wasting away. We can do this together. We know that David Pollack and his siblings are reasonable people, they just need to know how important it is to all of us. Please sign and leave a comment to tell David and his family how you feel. Or, if you know David and his siblings please tell them in person. Most of all, PLEASE distribute to everyone you know—through email, through social media and through conversation and with your full support. If you have questions or know of other opportunities to spread the word, I am happy to speak with you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best, Keith Rhodes
Petition to BTS, BigHit Entertainment, Bighit
Get Kpop Group BTS to Seattle
I've been waiting for years to see BTS perform live and I'd really like for them to come to Seattle so I can actually go to their concert! I'm sure many fans in Washington can agree to that. For fans that are unable to travel to the main locations they come to in North America, (California, New York, Texas, ect.) a concert in Seattle, Washington would be a blessing! Please come to Seattle BTS we love you! Please sign and make a ton of dreams come true! Once a high milestone is reached, I will be sending this information to BigHit Entertainment to hopefully showcase the area. Let's hope for a future concert date in Seattle, WA!
Petition to The Observatory Orange County
Kick R.Kelly's rapist ass off the SOULQUARIUS lineup
Hi All! The Observatory venue of Orange County released an awesome lineup for their SOULQUARIUS event February 18th, with the exception of R.Kelly. Despite an endless flood of abuse allegations and widespread knowledge of his notorious "romance" with the late singer Aaliyah, who was age 15 to his 27 years, Kelly has maintained a relatively successful career. It's this sort of nonchalance and casual embrace of abusers that rests at the fulcrum of rape culture, violence against women, and in this case, misogynoir. 2017 is around the corner and many of us still have to look on in disgust as a proven predator, rapist, and serial abuser of young Black girls and women remains embraced in the world of music. Stop booking this man. Stop supporting this man. There's great power in having a voice. Let's send a message that the music is not "separate" and the abuse of girls and women is *never* okay, no matter who you are or how many timeless ballads you've contributed to the world. Please share this and sign sign sign! Via Huffington Post, a detailed timeline of the many (that we know of) accusations levied against Kelly over the years: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/r-kelly-sex-abuse-allegations_us_56797582e4b06fa6887eb270
Petition to Mayor Anne Gerwig
Save Suri West
Suri West was a platform for many local artist of all trades to freely express their talents. This venue held events that kept local concert goers safe and out of trouble.This venue has been shut down and restricted from throwing future events for the people in the community.As a team let’s convince the city of Wellington, FL to lift this ban and allow Suri to continue to throw shows. If we lose this, plenty of people are out of work and this is also stopping a local business from growing to its full potential.JOIN the movement.Let’s make the CHANGE.
Petition to TD Garden
Make General Admissions at TD Garden on the 26th Safer
On October 26th there will be a Twenty One Pilots concert at TD Garden in Boston. The current policy in place for General Admissions for that concert is that there will be no camping or lines allowed and no wristbands given out. This can, and has been known to, cause a massive rush for the doors when finally allowed. People have broken bones during rushes like these. They are a huge hazard and not a particularly fair method of lining people up. Because of TD Garden's location, allowing a long line to form is not entirely feasible, but in the past they've given out wrist bands that mark one's spot in the queue so no line is necessary, nor is a rush necessary, and no one cuts or cheats. There is no reason why this policy can't be put in place now. It's not too late. This is for everyone's safety, not just mine and my friends'. A bunch of kids rushing a building that is set next to a busy intersection/street is not a good idea and could result in serious injuries. On top of that, this can not be excused as "standard" policy for venues, even big ones. We've now seen two examples on this tour alone of venues that protect and support the concertgoers. That's how it should be always and everywhere. Most venues provide some sort of line security and a way to organise people, whereas TD Garden is doing nothing of the sort which will likely result in situations similar to Tour de Columbus where the rush was a free-for-all and people got crushed under each other. If we can get the attention of TD Garden and spread awareness on this issue among venues then maybe we can affect not only this concert, but also make future concerts more safe, accessible, and enjoyable. We've seen venues that do it right and take care of people. It's time TD Garden steps up to do the same. They should be providing wristbands for everyone one who shows up ahead of the official line at least. Let's make that happen.
Petition to Mike Tennyson
Save the Sedona Arizona Cultural Park!
Hey everyone! This petition is just the first step to trying to get the beautiful Sedona Cultural Park to regain its original glory. Here is some information on the Sedona Cultural Park:The Sedona Cultural Park was a beautiful place to watch a show or a concert from 2000 until 2003. In 2003, the owner of the Sedona Cultural Park field bankruptcy, at the time, the Park not having enough popularity or funds to continue. In 2006, an organization called “Save The Sedona Cultural Park” bought the beautiful venue, but less than a year later, they didn’t have the funds to proceed either. To my understanding and research, this organization has split up since the bankruptcy, but I am doing my best in researching to get people who see the beauty and potential in this amazing. I have emailed multiple members of the Sedona City Council, at this time simply requesting information about the Cultural Park, since the last written article on this Park was in Jan 2017. It’s no secret that people travel far distances to see shows, not even mentioning watching a show with an incredible view. Please help us prove that we are not the only ones who see Sedona’s Cultural Park’s incredible potential. Why do we need to save this place?Well first of all, what good is it doing anyone just sitting there?! I believe with a little money and a lot of TLC, the Sedona Cultural Park could not only be a money maker for the city of Sedona, but a beautiful place to make memories. Is it in danger of being torn down? To be 100% honest, I really don’t know. That is why I have reached out to many people, requesting information. I do know, that there has been many conversations among City Council members talking about a land swap with Yavapai County College that sits next to it, and talk about a major money-maker for the city: turning it into a 7 acre resort. All in all, I do not know what is the current plan for this place, but I do know that we need to do something to help. Today, the Sedona Cultural Park sits, overgrown, awaiting someone to see past the weeds and dirt. Please share this with friends and family to help us show that the Sedona Cultural Park has to be helped! Note: Once you sign, you will receive updates! I will let everyone know if I get any response from city council members and others that I have reached out. Thank you to all our supporters!! Picture Credit: Sedona Red Rock News
Petition to Hayley Kiyoko
Venue upgrade/Extra date for Hayley Kiyoko concert Amsterdam, October 30
To all the people who didn't manage to get a ticket for the Hayley Kiyoko concert in Amsterdam on October 30 all the three times they had a sale, please sign this petition to try to get yet another venue upgrade or an extra date! First she had booked the Sugarfactory which has 400 places, we got a presale and a regular sale and both were sold out immediately. She gladly found out that she had many more fans desperate for a ticket and booked the Melkweg, 300 tickets were added. Sadly, this sale also sold within seconds and that is why I am making this petition, I wanna try to get as many signs as possible so she can see there are still so many more fans who want to go to her Amsterdam concert. Make sure to share it with people you know and on social media to recruit as many people as possible!