Petition to John Latham (Vice Chancellor) – email@example.com, Seymour Roworth-Stokes (Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Help save Coventry University’s undergraduate music courses from closure
Coventry University’s Vice Chancellor, John Latham, and the Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities, Seymour Roworth-Stokes, have decided to close down the BA (Hons) Music Composition, BA (Hons) Music and BA (Hons) Music Performance degree courses. The decision to close the three courses has taken place within months of the University approving the new BA (Hons) Music degree alongside a re-design of the respective Composition and Performance courses. Coventry University’s three undergraduate music degrees offer students the chance to specialise in composition, performance or general music. These music courses are non-doctrinal which means that students from all musical backgrounds, styles and genres are welcome; classical musicians are encouraged to rub shoulder-to-shoulder with rock musicians, jazz musicians and singer-songwriters, etc. The music facilities, comprising practice rooms, recording studios and teaching spaces, form part of a larger Performing Arts department alongside Dance, Theatre and Music Technology. The music students are therefore part of a larger community of practice within the University and they have the opportunity to collaborate with practitioners from other performing arts disciplines as well as developing skills within their main musical discipline. The music students are also actively encouraged to perform with local music ensembles, choirs and bands and many students and alumni are regularly participating in and around Coventry’s music scene, some internationally. The decision to close the music courses will have a negative impact upon the learning experience for the current one hundred and twelve Coventry University undergraduate music students, as the courses are phased out by August 2018. By this time, the final year students will be left feeling undervalued by the University, taught by a skeleton staff of two full-time academics and supported by only one full-time technician. These fixed-term staff members will also have to continue supervision for five postgraduate PhD music research students, several of whom are not due to complete their doctoral studies until after the fixed-term staff have been made redundant in 2018. The Vice Chancellor and the Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities have not satisfactorily addressed the importance of supporting the existing music student body at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Their proposal to run three undergraduate music courses and to continue to supervise PhD researchers under a fixed-term skeleton staffing model is unacceptable and it will not support the students effectively through their respective degree programmes, contrary to page 21 of Coventry University’s Corporate Plan 2021, that states, ‘We will provide all staff and students, whatever their background, with opportunities and support, in order to help them realise their full potential’. The three BA courses were removed from The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) only days after the music staff were informed and before a proper consultation period had taken place. This is unacceptable behaviour from the senior management of the ‘University of the Year 2015’ and it further contradicts page 21 of the Corporate Plan 2021 that states, ‘[w]e will ensure fairness to both staff and students in all our activities and be committed to supporting and furthering equality in employment, advancement, teaching and attainment’. The Vice Chancellor and the Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities have not recognised, or celebrated, the existing successes of the INTIME (Interrogations into Music Experimentation) research group, such as the highly successful annual INTIME International Music Symposium held every October. Over the last few years, the INTIME Symposiums have brought world-leading researchers and academics across all areas of music to Coventry University. In October, Ray Lee’s sound art installation ‘Chorus’ came to Coventry University for the INTIME 2015 Symposium and it was featured on television and drew crowds of people to the University Square, from students and staff through to intrigued members of the public. The closure of the music courses will also impact on future generations of musicians who may otherwise wish to have been given the chance to study music at Coventry University. One argument being used against the continuation of the courses is that the number of students currently sitting A-Level Music has declined from previous years. However, there has been no acknowledgement that many of the current music students have entered their music course at Coventry University with BTEC National Diplomas, A-Level Music Technology, equivalent qualifications or experience, in place of A-Level Music. Each year, the department hosts a series of free lunchtime concerts that are open to the general public. These well-attended concerts attract a core group of Coventry locals alongside the student body. With the closure of the music courses, these wonderful concerts will also disappear. On a wider scale, this decision is also detrimental to the people of the City of Coventry and it will impact negatively against the bid for City of Culture 2021. More information about Coventry’s bid for the City of Culture 2021 can be found by following this link < http://www.coventry2021.co.uk/cityofculture/site/index.php > Removing these three music courses will impact negatively, on a local level, especially upon the next generation of music-makers, composers, performers and music teachers based in and around the city. Both alumni and current students from Coventry University’s music degree programmes, in line with Coventry University’s Corporate Plan 2021, already take an active role in providing music entertainment and culture for the people of Coventry City. This was proved in July 2015 at the Godiva Festival, featuring solo acts and bands comprised of current students and alumni. An example includes the band “Rooted ‘n’ Booted”, who were privileged to open up the Festival on the Main Stage on Friday 3rd July: < http://www.godivafestival.com/lineup > More recently, a graduate of the BA (Hons) Music Composition course has achieved success producing a Coventry Christmas music video that has gone viral < http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/coventry-musicians-christmas-song-goes-10610429 > Coventry University music students continue to share their music in the city. On 9th December 2015, current Coventry University music students entertained a packed audience in Warwick Road’s United Reform Church, Coventry, showcasing a diverse range of music styles, from classical choral music, to chamber ensembles, to dance band music to rock music. A smaller taster of this showcase is available from the following link < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UOPe6hTP7U > Page 20 of Coventry University’s Corporate Plan 2021 states that ‘Social responsibility will be embedded in all of our successes. The University will use its knowledge and expertise to contribute to the social and economic success of the local, national and international community’. The decision to close down the music courses will not only be counterproductive to the University’s 2021 commitment to contribute to the social success of the local community, but it will also be counterproductive to the bid for City of Culture 2021. Please, if you can, share the petition on social media platforms and encourage your friends and colleagues to sign to help keep the music courses alive at Coventry University, for both the music-makers of tomorrow and the people of the City of Coventry. If you are inclined you can also make a complaint regarding the closure of the music courses to Coventry University directly by following this link < http://www.coventry.ac.uk/life-on-campus/the-university/key-information/registry/complaints-and-compliments/?theme=main
Petition to Rooster Teeth RWBY Community, RWBY
Remembering Pyrrha Nikos - RWBY
***Super Important information, to resolve any confusion on what this petition is actually trying to accomplish, please click on the link below and have a read as it will explain a lot. Alternatively read the post I have put just under this one*** https://www.change.org/p/rooster-teeth-bring-back-pyrrha-nikos-rwby/u/15504418 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (SKIP THIS PART OF THE PETITION IF YOU READ THE STATEMENT I MADE VIA THE LINK ABOVE) This petition has been growing incredibly fast. We have flew by the first three milestones within 48 hours. Some people have had concerns regarding what this petition is actually trying to accomplish (Are we trying to control the story that is RWBY)? The short answer to that is no. I have taken the time to write the a statement below or (also linked above) to help people understand what this petition is trying to accomplish. As we know, Monty Oum had a vision, he had a plan, and it is a tragedy that he is not here today to continue his amazing work, to see the continuous support from the fan base his work has created and the passion we have towards it all. None of us would ever want to change his vision, his story, his plans. And you know what? No one here will. Monty created something magical, something spectacular and something beautiful, and none of us would ever imagine trying to change his vision/story/plans which Rooster Teeth now continue to work on. When this petition was made it was made on pure emotive terms but at the same time with one huge purpose in mind. It was made to see how many people would be open to Pyrrha Niko's return and not made to try and pressure or dictate to Rooster Teeth how the future of the story and world of Remnant should progress/be told. In conclusion this petition will never be forced on Rooster Teeth demanding changes to be made. It will only ever be shared and shown to people (even Rooster Teeth) so people can truly see how much we love and loved Pyrrha Nikos and how we would be more then open to her resurrection/return to the show if that was something Monty Oum had written ahead about/planned out for the upcoming seasons, or if it was something Rooster Teeth felt they were happy to work on or look into based on Monty's plans that he had for the shows future. So to everyone signing this petition I hope it gives you peace of mind knowing that when you sign this petition you are not trying to change Monty's work, but merely expressing your love for his work and this character in particular (Pyrrha Nikos) that he created. Ok, now that I have said that, lets start this thing! :) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So RWBY Season 3 is over and the final was awesome may I just add! and although I wouldn't of wanted it to end any other way I would now like to discus the resurrection of the character Pyrrha Nikos. Now I bet some people are thinking, shes gone, let it go. But I couldn't disagree with you more. I believe like many others that there was more then meets the eye with the events leading up to her death, not only that but the actual event that took place during her final scene. Allow me to explain my thoughts/theory on the matter. (1) So during late Season 3, Pyrrha Nikos is in a machine that allows one person to merge with another, merging not just there powers but and ability's but the people in those machines as well. Now this brings me to my first reasoning to believe there is still a way to resurrect Pyrrha. As we see during this scene Pyrrha actually gets into the machine and begins the process to merge with the Maiden. Now we know the Maiden gets killed before the process is complete, But Pyrrha still actually starts to absorb her before this happens. So surely something of the Maiden is actually coursing through Pyrrha's body? So maybe she did actually get some power! From here there are many different ways to loom forward so I will just talk about a few of them; Perhaps Pyrrha has some of the power within her, I mean it would explain how she managed to hold her own up for some time against Cinder later on. I mean at one point she traps Cinder in a type of lock and there are even times where Cinder is shocked by the amount of power Pyrrha has, for example when she uses her semblance (Polarity) to control all thos metal gears. So lets say she did have some of the Maidens power with her, maybe this could somehow be connected by any of the other Maidens powers to bring Pyrrha back to life. (2) Ok, lets take this to a whole new level as say she isn't dead, lets say she is in a super weak state of life, I mean it's a possibility, we have't seen someone die like Pyrrha did before in RWBY. The only thing that comes close it Yangs arm as it has a dust effect. So could she be in a new form of life that we don't know about, for example (Dust form). This could be when you lose your form after your Aura is depleted and so you are left without a body, but instead as dust until you are put back together. (Big stretch I know, but I want to make sure I go over everything) I also want to remind you all that Ozpin has said himself that people once used Dust on themselves instead of via more acceptable methods. So what if?... (3)Moving on to my next theory. Maybe Pyrrha could of even picked up a new semblance from the machine and now have a similar ability to Blake and her shadowing ability, is that a strecth? I mean who knows what actully happends when people merge, now one knows for sure right now. (4/5) Perhaps she teleported somewhere, or perhaps Cinder telepoted her somewhere if she didn't burn her after shooting her like some have suggested. But still if she was burned surly that would mean she is now in dust form if such a thing is real. (5) Ok so maybe some of you don't like thos ideas. Perhaps you want something more personal that could/would lead to her resurrection or at least something that would support any of the theorys that I have suggested even better, well what about Pyrrha's helmet? As she gets hit with the final blow and starts to disintegrate away Cinder places her hand on Pyrrha's helmet, and somehow this leaves Pyrrha's helmet behind (It doesn't fade away with the rest of her, this is one major reason as to why I think she faded away naturally and was not burned like others have suggested) (6) Ok, now this is my final theory; It has been to my belief since Season 1 that Professor Ozpin knows Jaune's transcripts where fake. However he sees something special in Jaune and so turns a blind eye and lets him into the school. As we know it's not unusual for Ozpin to do this, he let Ruby in despite her not even finishing her study's at Signal Academy and we have found out why, because she has silver eyes. She is special, and more powerful then most can imagine. So where am I going with this? Ok, so it is to my belief Jaune has special healing ability's that he is yet to discover, this could explain why he is less of a fighter and more of an emotional character like we see more and more through his character development. So what I'm saying here is I believe Jaune's semblance is to heal. I strongly believe that Jaune could get powerful enough to one day go back to the site where Pyrrha died and not only look upon the huge grim and Cinder in tears but that he could actually do something this time round, almost like a second chance. He could actually fight, he could actually control his currently not known semblance and team up with Ruby to bring her back, Jaune could use his powers to actually resurrect her. (Ok Chris, but how? Even if what you say here turns out to be true and she is alive at the top of the tower, she is a helmet or dust particles at most and even that what makes you think her dust particles or helmet is still waiting up there?) I'm glad you asked! Lets wind back to Ruby Rose. I'm not sure what Ruby did up there with her silver eyes but here's my theory. Ruby Rose can manipulate time and she dosen't know it yet, but that night she actully used her powers to actually stop time on top of that tower, trapping the king/queen Grim, Cinder and the dust remains and helmet of one Pyrrha Nikos. Now this is where Jaune comes back into the equations. Maybe once Juane is powerful enough and Ruby has control over her ability's as well they could go back, Ruby could then undo what she did on top of that tower so much later on with Jaune by her side; (That's right it's not going to take a couple episodes for Jaune and Ruby to suddenly become badass's, it's going to take them a while.) ;and then Jaune could save Pyrrha somehow. Perhaps by connecting with the helmet, or the recent dust particles of Pyrrha that surely would of also been frozen with Cinder and the Grim up there. (Ok so backing this big theory up time!) During Season 1 Pyrrha uses her Aura to awaken Jaunes. I believe Jaune has more power then we are currently let on to believe, this is also because of the things I just said about Ozpin letting him in early and also because of what Pyrrah says in her head to Jaune to active his Aura; 'For it is in passing that we achieve immortality, through this we become a paragon of vertu and glory to rise above all, infinite and distance and unbound by death, I release your soul,and by my shoulder protect the'. She then goes on to say; (It's ok, I've used my Aura to unlock yours, you have a lot of it) The cut on Jaune's face completely heals as he glows in a bright white light that is lighter then any Aura we have seen before, and perhaps this is just what Ozpin sore in Jaune and the reason he let him into the school despite knowing he had little to no hunter experience. Perhaps Jaune has special healing ability's that make him special and perhaps through his emotions he can make his aura/semblance stronger. Perhaps that just it! Jaune is stronger through his emotions and not through his fighting skills. Maybe he is having the same issues as Weiss is in season three, and all he needs is a little push to discover that. I mean would it be that crazy!? Ruby's Silver Eye ability wasn't activated until she sore something that put her into a major emotional state. Weiss's Summoning ability was also not activated until she put her life on the line to try protect Velvet. So maybe Jaune needs to see something to active his healing powers. I mean remember what Winter said to Weiss in the garden about how her emotions can make her stronger. I truly believe this is the key to Jaune unlocking his ability's to. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So those are some of my ideas, I know some people may think I am just looking to much into it, but I would love to believe I am actually on to something here in any of these theory. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this petition to bring back Pyrrha Nikos to RWBY, Pyrrha Nikos is an awesome character voiced by the incredible Jen Brown. I hope this idea is heard and discussed and I look forward to other peoples opinions and ideas on this matter. Thank you for taking the time to read this petition, your support is amazing! Now lets get back to expressing to everyone how much we have loved Pyrrha Nikos and how we would love to see her back with Jaune Arc and friends again. Kind regards and much love to you RWBY fans.
Petition to KCON in London, UK
Bring KCON to London, UK!
USE THE HASHTAG #BringKCONtoLONDON WHENEVER YOU SHARE THIS PETITION TO MAKE IT BIGGER AND BETTER. Fans in the UK don't get a lot of opportunities to meet and watch their idols on stage. If we do it would be not a well known group and if we are lucky then maybe 2 times a year an idol comes round. KCON is a big hit in America and I'm sure it will be a hit here in London. Super Junior, back in 2013, came to London and almost got a sold out show in Wembley. So if you bring 5-10 idols to London with KCON in Wembley then it will most likely get sold out if you don't put down overly pricey tickets. Just please don't let this dream for us stay a dream. Make it come true. We will be so grateful and won't let you down.
Petition to UK Childrenswear Retailers
Time to let clothes be clothes: Stop selling children's clothes as "for girls" or "for boys."
Retailers in the UK are telling children that certain clothing types, colours, styles and themes are either for boys, or for girls. Childrenswear should be: Comfortable Sold in a choice of size and fit Age appropriate Safe and promote healthy body image Designed in a variety of fun, imaginative themes and colours Sold without active gender policing Free from slogans and messages that reinforce gender stereotypes Children should be free to choose the clothing they find most comfortable, and that includes colours and themes that reflect personal taste and interests. Children should not be subjected to messages that reinforce ideas about gender based on outdated stereotypes. We call on retailers here in the UK to remove all gender based signs, labels, displays and related text/images, in order to safeguard children from sexism and damaging ideas about the role of men and women in society. No child should be made to feel wrong or foolish, or subjected to bullying ("gender policing") for simply wanting to wear what they want. Retailers have created zones of pink or blue, colours over grey, pretty or robust, and in doing so they are guilty of imposing marketing that "unduly stereotypes children" (British Retail Consortium) Please join us in saying "its time to let clothes be clothes" (Featured image: Marks and Spencer, Kidswear Range 2015)
Petition to Rosanne Pillai & Associates, Sihle Zikalala, Fawzia Peer, Bomo Edna Molewa, Ashley Starkey, Annie van de Venter, Veliswa Baduza, Nkosinathi Emmanuel Mthethwa, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, Selven Marimuthoo, Peter Makaneta, Thembinkosi Ngcobo, Musa Mbhele, Sipho Nzuza
SAVE THE CATO MANOR INDIAN CEMETERY
The historic CATO MANOR INDIAN CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM was established circa 1900 by the early Indian Settlers in that area. Fast forward to 2017, the cemetery and crematorium are a far cry from their original splendour. Due to mismanagement by the trustees of the cemetery, the old graves have been desecrated through the infilling of sand and rubble, and is now a thriving freight container depot run by SECONA FREIGHT LOGISTICS cc. Environmental and Town Planning laws have been flouted and the once proud history of the Indian folk of Cato Manor is under threat. Help Save this Historic Site by compelling the Trustees of the Cemetery Association to remove the Freight Container Business and rehabilitate the cemetery and crematorium and preserve it as a historical site. Help Save the Cato Manor Indian Cemetery & Crematorium by forcing the government authorities to take enforcement action against the transgressors and bring this historic site back to its original splendour. We cannot allow our once proud history and culture to disappear. Visit https://www.facebook.com/catomanorcemetery/ for more information.
Petition to Matthew Wakelham, Paul Williams
Save Cardiff Millennium Walkway Graffiti Hall of Fame
Cardiff's Hiphop community have come together to paint, rap and dj on the Millennium Walkway. It was an unused, unloved space before we painted the wall and now Cardiff Council want to sell it off for advertising space. Artists and graffiti enthusiasts from all over the UK have visited Cardiff to use and enjoy this space since our first paint jam in 2015. It has been utilised as a backdrop for news items, music and documentary videos and fashion shoots. There are plans in the pipeline for cultural festivals and events which would bring together people from a diverse range of backgrounds from across the city. Having a Central place for people to come together and paint has provided numerous interactions between artists and passers-by, breaking down barriers between old and young, hip-hop heads and general public. It is a space for people to learn about this art-form which sustains so many of us. Graffiti is often a stepping stone for unloved areas of the city to become noticed and re-vitalised. In this case, the plan is for the walkway to become a place to sell people things, rather than being recognised and developed as a community space to engage with people, for all of us to build and create together.
Petition to Duolingo, Luis von Ahn, Duolingo Language Team
Create a course for Persian on Duolingo
Persian is an ancient language that has been spoken in different forms for thousands of years. It is the main language in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan in addition to being widely spoken in neighbouring countries. Less than 100 years ago Persian was the lingua franca of South Asia, particularly India and so is a very important historical language. It is spoken by around 120 million people worldwide making it the 15th most widely spoken language in the world just behind Germany and quickly rising. It is the language of Persian culture which is one of the most oldest and rich in the world with which the greatest pieces of poetry have been written including the longest epic poem written by one man, The Shahnameh and many other poets such as Ferdowsi, Rumi, Sa'adi, Xayam and more. It was also the language of the person who invented the numbers used in the west today and other scientists and mathematicians such as Avicienna, Xayam, Biruni who have contributed greatly to the world. Persian is an Indo-European language sharing roots with the European and Northern Indian languages and so has many cognates and similar grammar making it much easier to learn than languages like Arabic and Mandarin. It is currently written in the Perso-Arabic script but due to it being an Indo-European language it can be easily written in the Latin script with a few extra letters and diacritics.I have seen thousands of people online who wish to learn Persian but cannot find a reliable and well-designed platform from which to learn it however Duolingo provides all these and more.There are many contributors available who have requested to bring this beautiful language to the many people who wish to learn it. This course could even be created in the Latin script which would make it much easier for passionate learners to study and is widely understandable among modern Persian speakers. I don't see why Persian hasn't already been created as a course! I hope that this will reach the Duolingo team and show them why Persian is such an important language that deserves a place on the large and amazing platform that Duolingo is.
Petition to The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP
Prohibit Mosques from loudly broadcasting of "Call to Prayer" ("Adhan")
The "Call to Prayer" or "Adhan" by the Muslim community. Adhan is called out from the mosque five times a day, calling Muslims for mandatory worship. The multiple loud pronouncements of adhan are to give followers a summary of Islamic belief. The Adhan is purposefully broadcast loudly so that believers and NON believers are made aware of the prayer meeting about to take place at the mosque. This can of course result in public nuisance due to noise pollution, can be unacceptable to British communities and contravene the law of the land. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT 1990Under s.79 of the 1990 Act, 'Noise emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance, or interfering unduly with the comfort and convenience of neighbouring occupiers, could give rise to a prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court' Muslims to notify their congregation without disturbing the peace or invoking legal action under the Environment Protection Act 1990 s.79