Petition to Tim Cook, Phil Schiller
Make Apple Inc. respect consumer rights
Apple Inc. is violating consumer rights worldwide. While many countries require Apple to guarantee the proper functioning of its products for a period of at least two years, Apple still maintains a limited one year warranty period, and makes its customers believe they need to buy an expensive AppleCare plan, which adds as much as 25% to the already high price of its products. For instance, EU laws grant consumers a free of charge, two-year guarantee, which means that AppleCare effectively adds only one year of coverage, rendering the plan prohibitively expensive. In addition, Apple rejects claims of guarantee with respect to repairs and parts on products it has chosen to declare 'vintage'. For instance, a consumer claim for a MacBook Pro logic board replacement (EUR 700) which lasted little longer than one year was rejected, for the reason that, by that time, the original MacBook Pro was more than five years old. This is illegal in most countries. Apple happily provides notes to consumer laws, while, in practice, these laws are rarely respected, if ever, by Apple, its service providers and its resellers. Instead, Apple challenges its customers to sue them if they do not agree, trusting that the bulk of its customers do not have the resources to do so, while local authorities lack the drive to effectively take action. To sum it up, Apple willfully violates the rights of consumers, leaves them ignorant about their rights, and manipulates its customers and local authorities worldwide into paying prohibitively high prices for its products and services. This must stop now!
Petition to FAA, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Stop airlines from overbooking flights
You probably have watched the now viral video of a man being battered and dragged from a United Airlines flight. The flight was overbooked yet passengers were boarded and when none volunteered to give up their seat, four of then were selected randomly for ejection. When this Doctor refused because he paid for the seat and had patients to treat at his destination in the morning, excessive force was exerted to remove him to the horror of the onlooking passengers. But the real underlying cause is that airlines are allowed to overbook flights in the first place. This should be illegal as when passengers book, they are required to immediately pay for those nonrefundable flights. So even if someone didn't show up for their scheduled paid flight, the airline still collects the revenue. Forcing us to give up a paid seat because of their greed in overbooking flights in the first place is tantamount to fraud/theft. Air travel nowadays often find us in smaller seats, fuller flights with less conveniences available. On top of that, we shouldn't have to worry that we will be forced to give up our seat. Worse still that if we refuse will be subject to violence. Sign this petition to end the practice of overbooking flights throughout the entire airline industry!
Petition to Ajit Pai
Save Net Neutrality
Do phone companies charge more for calling certain family members? Does Netflix charge extra to watch certain shows? Should you be paying more money to gain access to certain websites? No. Net Neutrality is the principle that all Internet Service Providers (ISP) should treat all data on the internet fairly and equally. There are certain ISP's who wish to treat the internet as a premium service, where they will block, throttle, or even charge for access to certain domains. They want to force their customers to pay more in order to escape the "slow lane." This is not how the internet should be treated. When paying for access to the internet, you should receive universal and equal access to all websites at the speed you choose to pay for. The FCC has already begun taking steps to scale back the protection net neutrality offers. Companies such as Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter have all expressed support for the current regulations to remain in place. Signing this petition will help build the momentum behind this movement and pressure the FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, to save net neutrality! Success will lead to an open and free internet for everyone. Failure will lead to an internet full of restrictions, inefficiency, and fees for everyone. We rely on the internet more and more each day. This is especially true for me. Personally, I use the internet to connect with others, get the daily news, research, and much more. Also, as a college student, a majority of my work is organized and done online, so I'm constantly accessing the internet. If I suddenly wasn't able to connect to the websites I rely on daily, life and school would immediately become much more difficult. So please, take the time to sign this petition and support a free and open internet for everyone!
Petition to Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov, Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov, Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov, Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov , Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , Media.email@example.com
Let's Stop the Robocall Insanity!
Let's stop the minute-to-minute annoyance of unsolicited calls constantly coming through to our mobile phones. Calls when we are in a meeting, calls when we are with our children, calls when we are having dinner, calls when we are going to bed – when does it end? Ten a day, then 15, then 20 – it just doesn’t stop. Join me and sign the petition to pressure the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require that all phone carriers implement into their networks, free of charge, robocall blocking technology to prevent these calls from ever getting to your mobile phone. We need the FCC to make the necessary regulatory changes on their end and then to start this mandate of the phone carriers. Many of the hundreds of millions of calls are originating overseas. Companies and scammers are using computer technology to dial literally millions of numbers a day. With the push of a button millions of calls go out through the network at one time. Furthermore, they are using “spoofing” technology to have those calls come through to our phones as a local call by showing a local area code to try and fool people into picking up. It is time for the FCC to require phone carriers to develop and implement technology that can detect when a flood of calls are coming through the networks and prevent those calls from ever making it to your mobile phone. Please sign the petition here, send this along to your friends and family and make our voices heard! The more that sign, the more the FCC will take notice. In addition to this petition, please reach out to your congressional representative and United States Senator and let them know you have had enough and that you want them to lend their voice by letting the FCC know the robocall insanity must stop! You can find your Congressional representative’s contact information here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ You can find your United States Senator’s contact information here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm To file complaints and contact the FCC you can do so here: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-calls-texts-and-faxes Lets do our part to stop the insane robocalls now! Please let me know your personal story with these insane Robocalls in the comment section. Thank You
Petition to Chattanooga/Hamilton County Regional Planning Authority, Chattanooga City Council, Erskine Oglesby, Residents of Southside Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain
Grant Zoning change (if necessary) for Publix on South Broad Street
Publix and a local developer wish to build and integrate a brand new grocery store on the land. They have requested a zoning change which would allow them to build in a Suburban form which has the parking in front of the store.... To which we are accustom. The store entrance would face Lookout Mountain. There is opposition to this request based on fears of additional traffic, not being bike friendly, changes to Riverwalk extension, the design would not integrate well and that this addition would put pressure on Food City. We feel that Publix has always shown themselves as a responsible designers that create inviting, aesthetically pleasingly and functional facilities that benefit the areas they open in. Looking at North Chattanooga, the design would be similar and that has become a major asset to that area. We deserve the same opportunity! If the rezoning is not granted we will likely lose this opportunity and will again be passed over for progress on South Broad Street. What will likely be built there will be more 4 story apartments that further cut away into the beauty of the mountain and another piece of the "Scenic City" will be available to only those who can afford the high rise condo/apartment. The representative for Publix was very clear at the St. Elmo neighborhood meeting in May that the "UGC" urban design code currently zoned is simply not feasible as it restricts the size available to build by less than half the size they need of 32,000 square feet to build the proposed complex. We believe that Publix and the zoning variation should be granted. With the assistance of traffic engineers, the riverwalk designers and Publix we have faith that this would be a valuable asset and lifeline to the residents surrounding South Broad Street. Looking around the country at Publix facilities you will see that they are well maintained, well paying and economically beneficial to the communities they choose to be part of. Pushing away a potential like this for not only St. Elmo but, Alton Park, Lookout Valley and the thousands of commuters and tourists, due to a zoning issue (that has so far not been developed under in this area) is sending a clear message that we are not willing to compromise toward or accept progress here. And that is a dangerous and irresponsible message that could have dire consequences for this areas future. We must think of all our neighbors... There are those of limited mobility, advanced age, restricted transportation and those who simply cannot make the trek up to Food City and would welcome and utilize a reputable, fine grocer such as Publix. In conclusion, we ask that the rezoning request be permitted if there is no way to accommodate existing guidelines and that Publix is allowed to build the best facility that they can offer our side of town. Thank you.
Petition to Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
Protect Women and Children from Ride Share Predators!
In recent years there have been hundreds of reports involving women and children being assaulted by their Uber or Lyft driver. While Uber and Lyft have background checks and even an emergency button in the app, I don't think these safeguards are enough. There needs to be a bill called, The Safer Rides Act, to prevent further victimization from happening. Under this bill these companies will have to prioritize safety of there passengers over profits by making changes to the platform. I've thought of a few ideas to make the ride share experience safer below. Let me know if you have any other ideas to add to this. Sign this petition to: Require that your id is scanned before starting a ride to ensure you're 18. Require rides to be video recorded and audited periodically or when a customer feels uncomfortable or sends in a complaint. Require an actual picture of the car that's picking you up. Raise the age limit to download the App from ages 4+ to 18. Require companies to create safe guards in there software (i.e. when user is dropped off at home they are required to enter a password within 5 minutes of there drop off, if they don't the phone will automatically alert local law enforcement. Another option could be if the ride that supposed to take 10 minutes ends up taking 25 minutes, the driver should automatically be called. If the driver doesn't answer alert law enforcement. No longer settle sexual assault crimes using non-disclosure agreements. Victims should never be silenced. Join the movement in protecting women and children from ride share predators. Please sign this petition.
Petition to Mark Rosewater, Head Designer of MTG
Make Hasbro/WOTC Change Magic The Gathering: Arena's Economy From Predatory To Friendly
The Professor of Tolarian Community College exposed in his critical review video for MTG: Arena ( https://youtu.be/QN5bUvB6ZEo?t=10m8s ) that as the game's economic model currently exists it is in fact a predatory model designed to squeeze and confuse people into spending as much money as possible on it. This kind of dubious business model is everything the game's original founder, Richard Garfield, warned against in his article. The current owner's of MTG are Wizards of The Coast who is in turn owned by Hasbro. Join the Professor and make your voices heard that change needs to happen now or MTG: Arena will fail because of good old fashioned greed.
Petition to Google Maps, Andrew Cuomo, Google, Inc, Joseph Crowley, Donald Trump, Microsoft, President of the United States, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders
Make Google do it
Fake locations on Google maps as well as dishonest advertisements and bogus reviews are destroying small business and deceiving consumers on a global scale. We must establish a verification process before adding listings to Google Maps for business locations. It is currently far too easy to add a location to google maps. A very simple solution to prove occupancy would be, to submit a Business License, a Tax ID and a copy of the owner's driver's license. I have found hundreds of fake flower shops in the past few weeks alone. I have found these fake listings from coast to coast and around the world. The fake business listings on Google maps are not unique to Flower shops. There are phony listing across every industry. This is a very common sense approach to an extremely common problem. When someone searches for example, for a "plumber in Queens, NY" and they are directed to a fake pin initiated by roto rooterr or o call center who brokers plumbers, it is not ok. The local Plumber just lost a job, the consumer overpaid for poor service as the broker found the cheapest plumber he could. Verifying these listings will also protect the business owners from getting their listings hijacked and manipulated by unauthorized third parties like my listing was. Business owners pay far too much rent every month to deserve a listing on google maps. It is a shame that anyone can post a business location anywhere they want in less than 5 minutes as long as they have a phone number. Here is a video that will show you just how big of a problem this is. Check out these youtube videos part 1 and part 2 deceptive marketing practices. Thanks for you continued support!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Ny9RSJQA4Bztq0ouIVAYg