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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Zuvaa CEO

Zuvaa Inc: Release Designers' Sales Revenue Immediately

On October 16, 2017,, a multi-vendor African fashion website with  headquarters based in Atlanta, was shut down after several months of withholding sales revenue from the designers whose Africans fashions were sold on the website. Zuvaa Inc. was founded in 2014 by Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Founder and CEO, and is also led by Adia Dightman, Head of Business Development. Since July 2017, Zuvaa Inc has refused to remit payments to its designers on the now shut-down website and past pop-up sale events, where these designers' items were sold. Reportedly, outstanding payments for sales and stock in Zuvaa's possession may exceed $300K. As a result, Zuvaa has crippled several businesses of these African fashion designers. Meanwhile Kelechi or Adia have failed to provide a definite date for payment.  The business agreement between Zuvaa and designers is that Zuvaa takes 17% commission of online sales and  25% commission of products sold at Zuvaa pop-ups. The rest of the sales revenue (83% for online and 75% for pop-ups) is to be remitted to the seller/fashion designer of the sold items within 14- 30 days after sale. However, it has been over 3 months since the last payment from Zuvaa to the affected designers. Zuvaa CEO, Kelechi Anyadiegwu, claims "Zuvaa needs to care of Zuvaa before we can help [the designers]." An official response from Kelechi (Zuvaa CEO) maintains Zuvaa's refusal to remit sales and also occurred 2 weeks after placing all designers' items for sale on the Zuvaa website at 40% off the retail price for Labor Day weekend in early September 2017. Zuvaa received an estimated 3000 plus orders from that retail weekend alone, and implored its designers to fulfill those orders. However, Zuvaa Inc fully refused to pay designers' their sales revenue from that weekend.  Zuvaa touts itself as a global marketplace for online African fashions, allowing western audiences easy access to authentic or inspired African fashions from designers all around the Diaspora. Zuvaa has been featured in The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Fast Company to name a few. Kelechi Anyadiegwu has been recognized by Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in the Retail & E-commerce Category, BET CNN and Voices of America for her contributions. Upon receiving an official demand letter for payment for product sales, Kelechi Anyadiegwu informed designers that she had spent the revenue on her business needs, and wouldn't be able to remit payments at this time.When pressed for more clarification, Kelechi emphasized that it is her business model to spend designers' revenue on her business needs, and that she had spent it all and wouldn’t be able “to help”. Additionally, Kelechi has shared the following:  Zuvaa's current business model is that "all funds Zuvaa receives goes to Zuvaa" Zuvaa Inc is an investment/marketing company. Designers selling on agreed to invest our sales revenue with her company, and that any money she lost are investment losses. However, designers never agreed to business terms that forfeit all designer sales revenue to Zuvaa. This is fraud and misappropriation of funds on a massive scale, as she is indebted to every vendor who sold items on her website and at her pop-up shops. These vendors are located in the United States, Africa and across the world. We are Chinero Nnamani YTPshop Sosome Adensecret Udianna Fashion House of Sarah Melange Mode Enagancio Ashanis and many more Help us get our money from Zuvaa. You can reach out to the affected Zuvaa designers here: Zuvaa's contact for Kelechi (CEO) is and Adia (Head of Business Development) is For more stories from affected designers, read their stories on social media here Sign and share this petition to help raise awareness of Zuvaa Inc's refusal to pay designers their sales revenue. Help designers' get their money!  

Zuvaa Pay Your Designers
2,509 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Governments

End corporate greed! Rights now!

Thirty-three years ago, the horrendous Bhopal gas tragedy at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in India immediately killed 3,000 people and 15,000 more subsequently.  Survivors, exposed to the deadly gas and their children, continue to suffer from the world’s worst industrial disaster. Thousands of tons of hazardous wastes remain buried underground and the area remains contaminated. Meanwhile, Union Carbide, which became a subsidiary of Dow-Chemical Co. in 2001, has yet to fully account for the tragedy. The infamous Bhopal tragedy serves as a harsh reminder of agrochemical corporations’ transgressions of human rights and environmental integrity. They continue to poison our people and environment with impunity. Our food, health and environment are threatened now more than ever as these corporate giants continue to amass huge profits and expand their monopolies. Dow recently completed its US$130-billion merger with DuPont to form the world’s largest chemical company. As the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food pointed out, these global corporations wield extraordinary power over regulator agencies and policy makers, obstructing reforms and paralyzing global pesticide restrictions. Worrying new studies show certain pesticides are implicated in chronic effects including hormonal disruption, immune system dysfunction, cancers, and adverse effects on the growing fetus and children. Pesticides have been poisoning agricultural workers and farmers for over 60 years and yet there are still no accurate estimates of pesticide poisoning. In the 1990’s, a report in a World Health Organizations (WHO) journal estimated 25 million workers suffered at least one incident of poisoning every year. Recent estimates indicate that pesticides were responsible for an estimated 200,000 acute poisoning deaths each year [1]. The overwhelming number of fatalities, some 99%, occurred in developing countries where health, safety and environmental regulations were weaker[2]. PANAP and its partners have documented that Syngenta, Bayer, Dupont and Monsanto and their local counterparts dominate the agro-chem industry in the South Asia and South East Asian region. In South and South East Asia, highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) produced by Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont and Monsanto such as atrazine, paraquat fipronil, carbofuran, chlorpyrifos, cypermethrin, glyphosate, lambda-cyhalothrin, imidacloprid, malathion and monocrotophos – all known for poisoning people and/or the environment – are still used widely in farming. They are used on farms, cotton fields, rice paddies, mango and oil palm plantations and in floriculture, violating the rights of plantation workers, farmers, rural women and indigenous peoples to a safe and healthy working environment and the rights of communities to a healthy environment. Rights to information on the pesticides they use or to which they are exposed are constantly violated. Specific cases of violations of women and children’s rights, labor rights and right to civil liberties have been documented. In the meantime, because of the lack of corporate accountability for gross human rights violations and responding to the pressure from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), the Human Rights Council has established an Open Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) for the development of a legally binding treaty on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises, with respect to human rights. We applaud the efforts OEIGWG and hope that the final document of the Treaty will achieve the goal of ensuring that companies are fully accountable for their human rights violations and environmental crimes. Further to this, States must be responsible for the protection of human rights and put forward the interests and welfare of its people. It must defend and assert the rights of its people from corporate rights violations as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dependence on pesticide use must be a drastically reduced. Agroecology provides the best solution. It is economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable. Agroecology is being practiced by thousands of farmers worldwide to ensure food security, safety and sovereignty, as well as environmental sustainability and farmer and community health and well-being. Therefore, we the undersigned organizations and individuals demand: That the Agrochemical TNCs, plantations, agribusinesses and complicit companies Be held accountable for poisoning the people and the planet Heed the public’s assertion of their rights to a safe and healthy food and environment Are prevented from dominating regulatory agencies and global conventions and agreements that attempt to restrict the worst pesticide problems Indemnify affected sectors of society such as farmers, children and their families Clean up the environmental impacts including ensuring safe water and food That the national and local governments Ban the trade, distribution and use of highly hazardous pesticides Support the call for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out of highly hazardous pesticides. Closely monitor and ensure compliance of companies with labour and environmental laws and policies on hazardous pesticides Develop a medical and economic rehabilitation programme for farmers and others impacted by highly hazardous pesticides, with funds drawn from punitive actions and CSR. Implement at least 1 kilometer pesticides-free buffer zones around schools as a measure to protect children Provide a supportive policy environment for agroecology, including supporting farmers to change from pesticides to agroecology Fully support the OEIGWG process and the Binding Treaty to help ensure that companies are responsible and accountable for their actions. Demand justice and accountability from corporations over gross human rights violations committed against its people That national and local agro-chemical companies and plantations Adhere to environmental laws that respond to precautionary and polluter pays principles. Fulfill worker’ rights in accordance with national laws and regulations and international conventions, including the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management Fulfill workers’ and farmer’s rights to live decently and with dignity while and indigenous peoples’ culture, tradition and knowledge are respected Do not allow the sale or use of pesticides that require the use of PPE, because it is unsuitable for hot humid conditions, not readily available and /or too expensive for farmers and workers, as is required by the Code Provide adequate training to their workers Discontinue the sale and use of all highly hazardous pesticides Finally, we urge our fellow civil society organizations, social movements and people’s organizations to join our calls End Corporate Impunity, Accountability Now!   Oppose the Corporate Control Of Agriculture!Support the global legally binding treaty for the life-cycle management of pesticides!Promote Agroecology and Food Sovereignty!  Fight For A Just And Pesticides Free Future! ____________________ [1] Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Human Rights Council, Thirty-fourth session, 27 February-24 March 2017. > [2] Ibid

PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP)
163 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Starbucks Corporate, Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Rob McCoy, Al Adam, Joel Price, Ellen Rosa, Jay Spurgin, Andrew Fox, Jim Mashiko, Kathy Lowry, Haider Alawami, Geoff Ware

City Officials and Starbucks Need to Fix Traffic Problems - Public Safety Issue

  Starbucks Drive-Thru in Thousand Oaks, on Rancho Rd/Thousand Oaks Blvd is a traffic mess. The city and Starbucks agreed to measures in the permit for the Starbucks. Call on the City and Starbucks to do what they said they would. The city was warned that the traffic would be bad; they ignored the warnings, and now are not even enforcing their own resolutions. Starbucks shares the lot with a local small lighting business. Their business is affected daily by the car queue from Starbucks.  An injury or accident can be prevented - the city was warned. We need to alleviate the problem for all parties! In Ventura County Star: VC Star Letter In Thousand Oaks Acorn: TO Acorn Letter Acorn Letter from another resident: Letter in Acorn from Resident who Warned City Video: UPDATE: An engineer for the city has said "nothing needs to be done at the location", saying a "comprehensive study" was done in 2015 and 2017, a study which ended up being a basic line graph, with no details or context. Even in that graph, cars, more often than not, exceeded the 9 car limit specified in the resolution permit. The engineer also said no cars have were EVER observed backed up onto Rancho Road. Anybody who has been through that intersection during the morning hours has seen that line back up onto the street. There are multiple recorded instances of this as well. Full Article:  Starbucks Brews Public Safety Concerns                 Starbucks is notorious for putting small shops out of business, from forcing out small vendors selling coffee at the V.A. Medical Center to stampeding adjacent properties with its high traffic. The large corporation has continued to increase its number of stores every year, and has a very loyal base of Starbucks aficionados. The company cannot keep up with the increasing amount of consumers waiting in line, whether in store, or in their cars. Starbucks has been trying to deal with this through their mobile app, which allows customers to place their orders ahead of time. Still, even after the rollout and promotion of the app, the coffee baristas are overworked in the morning rush hours, lines remain long, especially for drive-thru locations, and customers consequently sometimes don’t get their coffee at their preferred temperature. The increased demand for their products is a problem for them, in the sense that Starbucks has TOO much demand.                 Starbucks plans to add 40,000 drive-thru locations over the next few years, with many of those locations being drive-thru ONLY. As of April 2017, there is only one Starbucks in the Conejo Valley that is drive-thru only – the Thousand Oaks location at the intersection of Rancho and Thousand Oaks Blvd, which opened in 2013.  If you have been to this location before, then you most likely know that it has a major traffic problem. In order to fully understand how and why this unfortunate situation came to be, we must look at how it got approved in the first place. It was the first location to be approved after a drive-thru related amendment to the Thousand Oaks Specific Plan 20. This is the plan for improving Thousand Oaks Blvd east of Moorpark Road and west of Duesenburg Drive. It was first adopted November 2011, with two amendments in the middle of 2012, and an amendment in 2016.  Basically, the plan deals with establishing future guidelines for the street and the businesses located on the street.  The plan is very ambitious in terms of the overall vision for the boulevard, wanting a high amount of foot traffic, buildings that are pleasing to the eye, and for buildings to include landscaping and extended sidewalks.  The May 2012 amendment dealt with drive-thru restaurants.                 For drive-thru only restaurants on Thousand Oaks Blvd, approval must come from the City of Thousand Oaks Planning Commission, and requires a special use permit for the property. The special permit was granted after review of an ATE study dated April 5th, 2012; this study was referenced in the permit resolution. That ATE study, which dealt with predicting the traffic of this Starbucks location, cited 3 other Starbucks drive-thru locations, the primary one being the location in Oxnard on Channel Islands Blvd. The study inferred that the Oxnard location would have the same traffic patterns as the Thousand Oaks location. It projected about 91 vehicles for the weekday morning period (7:00 am – 9:00 am), with an average queue during this time of 6 vehicles, and a maximum of 9 vehicles. The resolution states that if the activity and resulting queues exceed those projections and thus adversely affect on-site circulation or block project driveways, that the applicant agrees to correct any identified deficiencies in a “timely manner to the satisfaction of the City Traffic Engineer and Community Development Department” by implementing measures recommended in the ATE study. The first measure would be to station a Starbucks employee, similar to In-N-Out drive-thru order takers, near the end of the queue in order to expedite the time spent in the queue. The second measure would be to restrict the Thousand Oaks Blvd entrance driveway to outbound traffic only – if the first measure doesn’t reduce the queue.                 Anyone who has been to this Starbucks location in the last couple of years knows that on-site traffic circulation has been adversely affected. It is also a daily occurrence during those weekday morning hours for the queue to be so long that it stretches all the way out to the Rancho Rd entrance driveway. But have you seen a Starbucks employee taking orders for vehicles in the queue? If so, how often? I drive past this lot twice a day on my way to and from work, and I have yet to see a Starbucks employee outside. Even outside those peak morning hours the queue goes onto Rancho Rd. Once actually through the drive-thru and coffee in hand, getting out of the parking lot is another nightmare itself. With cars entering the drive-thru from both entrances, getting out is a major headache and requires patience, skill, cooperation with other drivers, and even then, it is still frustrating and unsafe. I understand the City of Thousand Oaks felt that prior to the Starbucks being there, it was somewhat of an eyesore, but their own resolution says that the permit will be revoked if those previously mentioned two measures aren’t enacted, and/or don’t help traffic circulation.                 Imagine the frustration for the other tenant in this parking lot, Lighting and Bulbs Wholesale Supply. The long queue at Starbucks routinely blocks the entrance and parking spaces of that business. Customers who manage to park in a spot have even more difficulty getting out. Customers are forced to park in the adjacent lot, or at the Chevron across Rancho Road. Many of these customers are landscape contractors who drive heavy load pickup trucks. Parking and leaving Lighting and Bulbs Wholesale Supply is much more difficult for them than the average compact car with or without a backup camera. I spent one day in the morning hours recording action from the viewpoint of this local lighting business, which has been in Thousand Oaks since 1999. The customers were frequently agitated over the traffic situation, but they themselves could only imagine the stress of the owner of Lighting and Bulbs Wholesale Supply.                 Why has there been no media coverage, or even local media, about this situation? As a local resident of Thousand Oaks for 6 years, who lives on a side street off of Thousand Oaks Blvd, I always liked the amount of genuine small businesses operating in the city, especially on Thousand Oaks Blvd. Many of these businesses have been in operation for a very long time. In recent history we have seen more commercial chain stores come to Thousand Oaks Blvd, but this Starbucks is the biggest concern, because not only is it adversely affecting the neighboring local business, but also because it is affecting public safety (there has been a very noticeable increase in police/crime activity at that location in the past four years), and thus embodies the commercialization of large corporations negatively impacting the local community. According to Google Maps, there are about 16 other Starbucks in the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Newbury Park area (more if the Oak Park area is included). As residents of these cities, do we really need more big corporations pushing out small businesses as they swallow their own footprint? With the growing rate of population, do we really want to become the next San Fernando Valley? The Conejo Valley has always been a tight-knit community. Let’s keep it that way. Watch the video, give your signature to show your support, and help preserve our community. Video: Sources: Thousand Oaks Specific Plan 20 Small Business Owner Forced out of VA Medical Center due to Starbucks Planning Commission Resolution No. 16-2012 PC        

Dan Kim
114 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Twitter, Inc

Vote Yes to a Co-op with Your Users

WE'VE MOVED! Come see our new site at ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Twitter is under threat of being sold, and selling out its users. For a lot of us Twitter is the fastest, easiest way to know and share what’s going on around us – it sparks conversations, spreads information, and energizes movements. But Wall Street thinks the company is a failure because it’s not raking in enough profit for shareholders. That means that Twitter is up for sale, and there is a real risk that the new owner may ruin our beloved platform with a narrow pursuit of profit or political gains. We want the company to share its future with those whose participation make it so valuable: its users. There’s a growing movement urging Twitter to work with users to find a way to buy it, and to turn it into a cooperatively owned platform. We can foster innovation from the community and create a better, more user-friendly business model. The Associated Press, REI, and the Green Bay Packers all demonstrate the profitability and popularity of democratic ownership models. In April and May, shareholders will vote on our proposal for Twitter to research the benefits of converting into some kind of co-op. Sign our petition urging Twitter to say YES to a co-op. YES gives shareholders analysis and insights into the value of an exit to democratic user ownership. No means we'll never know :( It's time we expand our imaginations in order to create a more open, inclusive, and people-centered Internet. Join us! 1. Send @Twitter a tweet 2. Sign this petition 3. Smile :) Questions? Please email You can sign the petition in other languages, too: Spanish/ español German/ deutsche Italian/ italiano French/ française Arabic/ عربى Hebrew/ עִברִית Chinese traditional/ 中文 Chinese simplified/ 中文

Maira Sutton #WeAreTwitter
3,719 supporters