diversity and inclusion

101 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to NY DOT, New York Mayor Eric Adams, New York Public Design Commission

Free Fearless Girl!

FREE FEARLESS GIRL!   A path to permanence through Artist donation. An April 11th, 2022  permitting review of Fearless Girl ended in a landslide victory, reducing the temporary tenure of the figure to less than a year and strongly recommending a plan for permanence be presented in 6 months.  Permanence requires city ownership. Here's our plan:  For five years Fearless Girl has been used to promote board diversity in a corporate branding message which has omitted and obstructed the equality ideals behind the figure and discounting the fact that equality must be addressed at the grass roots level to impact diversity on boards and gender parity. We want to bring the figure back to the people and make her permanent through donating a casting the city can own.  City ownership would diminish brand use and allow the sculpture to be aligned with the equality ideals behind the figure through modification of signage.  Ideals include Equality • Equal Pay • Empowerment • Education of Women • Education in the Workplace for the Prevention of Prejudice • General Well-Being of Women • Supporting Women in Leadership Positions • Diversity • Gender Collaboration.   An alternate plan might include a corporate donation with a change in signage to reflect all the ideals behind the work. If you believe the city of New York should consider the Artist's proposal of a donated casting to make the work permanent, please sign this petition.  If you believe Fearless Girl should be used to impact your life in programs and events that benefit all of us and with organizations who are committed to promoting the ideals, please sign this petition.  With your support we can ensure Fearless Girl remains forever a champion of equality and gender collaboration. Working for Good, Kristen Visbal, Fearless Girl Artist

Kristen Visbal
995 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to

Ban convicted sex offender from ISO C++ Standard meetings

Currently, a registered sexual offender convicted for rape and possession of child porn is member of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS). With that, they are able to attend meetings of the C++ standards committee (WG21) and their subgroups in person. In that situation, multiple people see themselves as unable to attend those meetings. This is out of fear of being harassed or assaulted, or that some trauma might get triggered. Said group is diverse and includes many women, who are vastly underrepresented in WG21. However, other minorities are closely watching how WG21 deals with this issue and will adjust their involvement in the standardization process accordingly. While the convict has served time and is allowed to participate in society as a whole, this does not exempt individual groups like WG21 and INCITS from making their own explicit choices. Actions, especially violent ones like sexual assault, always have consequences beyond legal repercussions. The choice WG21 has is between an individual convicted felon and diversity and inclusivity. There is no third option, as inaction is a decision for the status quo and the convict. Therefore, these are our pleas: We ask WG21 to ban the convict in question from attending meetings in person as soon as possible. This does not exclude them from the standardization process through papers or mailings, and from attending meetings virtually. We ask the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), to clarify, amend, and/or change their rules to enable WG21 to execute the ban mentioned in #1. ISO rules should not be an excuse for WG21 to choose sexual offenders over diversity. We ask INCITS to terminate membership of the convict or ban their in-person attendance of ISO working group meetings through other means, by changing their membership rules, if necessary, at least until WG21 has executed the ban mentioned in #1. We ask WG21, ISO, and INCITS for transparency and publicly report their progress of #1, #2, and #3, respectively. We ask WG21 to immediately switch to virtual-only meetings until #1 is implemented, so that women and other minorities can participate in the meetings without fear.

Arne Mertz
347 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Board of Education

In the spirit of Diversity and Inclusion - Make Diwali a Montclair School Holiday

Diwali, Deepavali or the festival of lights, as it is commonly known, is a significant religious and cultural holiday in South Asia, celebrated by over 1 billion Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs around the world and by more than 384,000 in NJ. Usually occurring in October or November, this Festival of Lights holiday spiritually celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Despite being known for embracing diversity, and despite recognition of the major holidays of other faiths, Montclair (unlike many other school Districts in NJ) still has not recognized Diwali as a major holiday on the school calendar.  South Asian children know about Christmas and Hanukkah, and the recently included school holidays for Eid and Lunar New Year. While we are glad children of these faiths are recognized, the failure to include Diwali feels like this important religious holiday has been relegated to a second-class or a minor holiday – and that is not okay. Diwali is as important a holiday as Christmas to Christians, Eid to Muslims and Rosh Hashannah to Jews. Recognizing Diwali as a school holiday would allow these children to honor this important tradition, embrace their faith and let them celebrate this wonderful festival on the day it is meant to be celebrated with their family and friends. South Asian students who attend the schools in the Montclair School District, children are our future, diversity is our strength. Every student in our diverse city should have the opportunity to celebrate one another’s cultures, and holidays, including this important Holiday of Diwali. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, SHARE IT AND LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

South Asians
780 supporters