Petition to Kamala Harris
This dance is sexual assault in disguise. Please pass laws that protect human rights!
Twerking / Grinding the unfortunate popular so called "dance" of today has made it's way through all of our social media, clubs, bars, pop culture and to our young kids. It's a sad thing when a dance like this is glorified in our society. Most people find this dance fun and enjoy but there some who are repulsed by it and want nothing to do with it. It's vulgar, it makes the most beautiful girl lose class and self respect in the eyes of others. Self respect is all we have. Respect is everything. Respect is gold. Well it has become so common in our culture that even someone like myself - modestly covered up wearing sweat pants and a polka dot shirt trying not to attract any attention to myself as I visit a local karaoke bar and remained sober as the designated driver. Who would have thought I would be in line excited to put my name in for karaoke when out of nowhere someone came behind me and cornered me to where I couldn't escape as he grinded on me and told me that that was a huge cell phone in his pocket. I couldn't get away from him. He was an employee at this bar, He cornered me and for the first time I felt like a rabbit in shock helpless and like a child as this man overpowered me and left me no escape as he disrespected me with this accepted "dance". Later that night happened again with an older random stranger a regular at the bar. He was grinding on women in a circle and they were drunk going for it and even twerking getting into but that's not me as I noticed he was coming near me as I had stood by my friend I looked for an escape so I went to the bar thinking he won't bother me I'm sitting here and all those women that love that attention and enjoy that type of degenerate dance he could do his thing and they would do it back.. Whatever I thought but no he came at me staring at me and spend 2 minutes trapping me in my seat as I faced forward at the bar in my seat with no one to stop him and no where to run as he continued to do this socially acceptable dance. I didn't want it. I had ran away from the scene to the bar, I had not been one of the girls dancing!! My wishes weren't respected. I was violated do you think I want that type of treatment as a woman. I don't care that people may laugh at my change.org not everyone wants to be sexually assaulted by this so called dance. It's not fun it's not something I admire. It's what it is socialized normalised sexual assault and its conditioned society to think they can come up to anyone and do this! I know I'm not alone and there's others possibly that felt disrespected and feel the way I do. It's sexual assault! It doesn't matter to me if you differ in opinion it's sexual assault and we need legal action to protect all humans from the unwanted sexual assault under the disguise of dance. I will no longer tolerate it in any shape or form. No one has the right to corner you or put themselves on you and tell you things. Women today you have a choice and a voice. We don't need to brush this off anymore this is sexual assault if you do not participate in this dance and it's done against your will. We don't have to tolerate it. I'm fighting to bring awareness of human rights to our own bodies. No one has the right to come against anyone male or female especially as a person minding their own business in line. It's not a joke it needs to stop. Society needs to see it for what it is and be held accountable for it. Not everyone wants to be violated by this "dance" we need to bring laws to protect human rights. It's the culture that made it mean nothing when it is something no matter how innocent it was to you it may not be to another person. That's what people need to realize you are not entitled to do this to anyone just because our degenerate culture normalized it. I will not stand for this in any shape or form or with any depth whether claimed innocent or out of the name of fun. My body not yours! Thank you!
Petition to University of Michigan School of Social Work
ABSWS Needs Secure Space in the SSW!
The Association of Black Social Work Students (ABSWS) is a student organization housed in the University of Michigan School of Social Work (SSW). Our organization serves as spokespeople, self advocates and a social hub for the Black/African student body and the advancement of Black/African individuals. Recently, ABSWS has experienced difficulties reserving rooms in the school for events, such as: weekly study hours, e-board meetings and general body meetings. We have expressed our concerns to faculty, and were told that this is not an issue they could help with because of University policy. The UM-SSW room reservation policy currently states that space in the School of Social Work building can be used by MSW students, CASC minors, all university faculty, and all doctoral students. However it does not give priority to SSW students and organizations, despite the fact that our building is small, compared to other professional schools. More importantly, SSW students are the individuals enrolled in, and paying tuition for, the social work program. As a University of Michigan student organization and student leaders currently enrolled in the School of Social Work, we think it is imperative that space in the SSW for ABSWS, and our accompanying activities, be made a priority among administration, so that we may effectively organize and impact the student body in a positive way. ABSWS believes that students of African descent need a curated space in the School of Social Work, that is dedicated to embracing and celebrating Black/African Culture. Our goal is to use that space as a place for Black/African students to dialogue, reflect, organize, and plan with other community members who share our passion and purpose, and collaborate with allies in a comfortable and empowering environment. We think that something as simple as dedicating a room to students of African descent, could make the injustices of Black/African communities more visible to the students and faculty in the School of Social Work. It is our hope that this proposed action will prompt more thoughtful, proactive, and consistent responses from the School of Social Work, to crises in Black communities on this campus and around the world. If you are a person who can proudly stand behind our cause, we ask that you please sign and share this petition. We thank you in advance. Sincerely, The Association of Black Social Work Students, University of Michigan Chapter
Petition to Cape Agulhas Municipality
Ban fireworks in Cape Agulhas Municipal region
Due to the multiple casualties, as well as lost and traumatised pets during times of celebration and entertainment, a couple of residents decided to start with this petition. A few minutes of enjoyment causes weeks/years of trauma and heartache to both pets and owners, therefore we are requesting your support. Our purpose is totally stop the sale and use of fireworks in the Cape Agulhas Municipal area. It is unacceptable that community peace and quiet be disrupted for the entertainment of a few. Our pets need our voices to be heard!
Petition to Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Patients Can Impact The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act.
The are 2 parts of the problem that need to be solved: Part 1. We need to help Sheila find a leading plastic/reconstructive surgical team so that she can get back to feeling herself and to restore a sense of dignity and confidence about her body. Part 2. Aside from educating patients and the healthcare community about the various surgical reconstruction options available for patients with breast cancer (and those taking prophylactic measures), the education campaign which is being formed by the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act, must work to educate each and every patient whose number one concern for reconstructive surgery is, “What am I going to look like after?” The current method; plastic surgeons show patients examples of their finest work which highlight their surgical style. They may supplement this with a pencil diagram of surgical sites or 3-D graphic renderings of a generic female form. And some surgeons just describe their direction with hand gestures. Patients who go into surgery and do not understand what they can expect from their own body take a huge risk on an irreversible surgery. The solution to this; those operating under the plastic, reconstructive, or cosmetic surgeon title provide visual information of the patients own body and to apply projections so that the patients will have more knowledge of what they can expect for their own body and understand their surgeon's vision. In the cosmetic surgery realm, most surgeons give their patients this information so that they understand how subtle modifications can be transformative, but in the world of breast cancer, where the modifications sometimes are not as subtle, there is still limited and generic information given to the patient who has to make an enormous and irreversible decision. In a country with medical leadership, it is unacceptable to have results like Sheila’s surface and the medical community to shrug their shoulders. This must find its way within surgical protocol so that all patients considering breast reconstruction understand fully what they can expect for their own body. Redesigning the body is a creative process and surgeons must share their vision with their patients prior to surgery. Another way to educate the patient is to define the difference between a reconstructed breast vs. an augmented breast. Some make an assumption that since they have a plastic surgeon their body will come out perfectly, perhaps better than before surgery. Some get to experience a silver lining, but for others, it can be their worst nightmare. With surgery, there may be complications. There must be an infection protocol for any of the surgical options listed in the Breast Cancer Patient Act and educate what makes patients prone to complications so that patients can weigh the risk involved with each surgical option. With any of the surgical options, there are risks of a lifetime of chronic pain, nerve damage and lymphedema. This should be addressed for each surgical option and there must be an association of specialists that handle breast reconstruction patients. There could be a separate association of "vouched for" plastic/reconstructive surgeons that work only with patients of breast cancer (and those taking prophylactic measures), have a track record for great results and an intuitive bedside manner. This could help patients make careful and educated decisions and prevent results like Sheila's or any other mishandled results from happening.