Petition to Jeff Watton, Yandy
Stop Yandy From Using Our Culture As A Costume
For years, Indigenous peoples have been protesting the use of our culture as Halloween costumes. We have made efforts to discourage consumers from buying these costumes that grossly appropriate our culture and sacred regalia through education, but it is clear that we have to go straight to the source. Recently, Yandy has pulled their “Yandy Brave Red Maiden” based on the fictional show, The Handmaid’s Tale, due to backlash. However, when confronted about their Native costumes that mock a real culture, they refuse to pull them because they simply make them too much money ($150,000 a year), and they haven’t seen enough demonstration and outrage from the public. Jeff Watton, Yandy’s chief financial officer, told Cosmopolitan magazine that they won’t stop selling the costumes until it “gets to the point where there is, I guess, significant demonstrations or it gets to a point of contentiousness that maybe is along the lines of the Black Lives Matter movement, where you have major figures in the sports world going to a war of words with the president, then it's become too hot of an issue.” Sarah Chamberlain, the company’s former PR Manager, said in an email to New Times in 2017 that "The costumes are influenced by powerful fashion elements derived from the culture and are intended to pay homage to the Native American community, not to mock or offend." Our traditional dress and regalia are sacred, and any commercialization of it is disrespectful in itself, not to mention the sexualization of it. These costumes contribute to harmful fetishes, and are completely irresponsible to sell when 96% of the perpetrators of sexual violence towards Indigenous women are non-Native. Show Yandy that our community is intolerant of these costumes, and it IS too “hot of an issue” by signing this petition! Sources: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/yandy-responds-to-new-times-article-says-costumes-pay-homage-to-native-americans-9817526 https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/a13043654/this-is-how-your-sexy-halloween-costume-gets-made/ https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/249736.pdf
Petition to 97.9 the box, radio one ent
Stand with tha Truth! The Rap Legend deserves our support, stop the Urban One Ban now!
For the last decade, Trae Tha Truth has been banned from all Radio One of Texas II, LLC and Urban One Entertainment, LLC. outlets and radio platforms. The Houston Rap Legend, Trae Tha Truth is widely known by his fans as a public figure who provides exceedingly for his city. Every year, he hosts “Trae Day” in which residents meet their favorite celebrities, receive financial assistance, scholarships, immunizations shots, and school supplies amongst many other things for free! Unfortunately, an on-air employee at Houston’s Urban Hip-Hop and R&B Station 97.9 The Box reportedly blamed Trae for causing a shooting that went down at the 2009 celebration. Over the years, Trae has accused The Box’s parent company Radio One/ Urban One—which is reportedly the biggest radio broadcast outlet in the world—of blackballing him and banning his music from all of the urban radio stations after the incident even though it was proven that he had no connection to it. The ban isn't limited to just radio, but all events associated with the brand, their partners and Sister-Stations. This keeps Trae from being able to participate in tour dates, music partnerships with other artists and labels, making it impossible to advertise or promote tours associated with the rapper or his label. Countless of people have been affected by this ban. Businesses can not partner with Trae, reason being, the radio advertisement can not display his name nor can the internet promotion display his likeness. Many years, Trae has stood up for Texas, and our surrounding neighbors! The time is now to return the favor, and show our support for our Hometown Hero! We need to let Urban One/Radio One know that this type of unfair treatment will no longer be tolerated or accepted! #STANDWITHTHATRUTH and help us end this ban today!
Petition to Marc Benioff, Jim Campbell, JRR Tolkein, Ben Rattray, Stephen Colbert
Turn Salesforce Tower into Eye Of Sauron on Halloween night
Dear San Francisco, We believe in the power of the internet as a gathering place for people to share ideas and affect real world change. Our goal is to create a breath of creatively fresh air amid an otherwise barren political landscape. Salesforce (or Boston Properties) has raised the highest flag in San Francisco, itself a beautiful piece of innovation, on which we mostly experience very pedestrian content. Often traffic, seagulls, and sometimes literal pedestrians. We invite the organization who has redefined the San Francisco skyline and, in the process, contributed to small and large business worldwide, to stand not only as a beacon for capitalist pursuit but to tip their hat to the people, culture, and community of this great city. A city built on creativity, exploration, and burning self-expression. We invite the organization to fly a flag for all who dare to dream, uniting the districts, strengthening the ties, and fortifying the bridges by lighting an LED fire atop this sanctuary city. In the process embracing a fun, artistic, and timely show of creativity that the whole city can enjoy - for one night only. It has been said that bonds are formed through shared experiences, the strongest of which are forged in fire. We ask of you to help us unite the city, and raise the torch on Halloween night as one community, together. Oakland can come, too. -The Fellowship #eyeofsf
Petition to Teresa Espinosa
Show Your Love and Support to Keep Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studios Alive
Debbie Reynolds Legacy is more than just a dance studio. It's a home for artists and dancers alike to share their passions and explore their dreams. Debbie opened her doors in 1979, creating a haven for friends and fellow entertainers to rehearse and refine their talents. Icons Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cher, Usher, Ariana Grande and many more have all graced these floors with their presence. Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studios is known worldwide for training some of the greatest dancers and choreographers in the industry, as well as giving generations of students a safe place to learn, grow and achieve. These priceless effects cannot be measured or physically shown, but only felt. This living landmark is at risk of being demolished and developed into an apartment building, which is not the future our community nor Debbie wish to see, but rather remain the home for flourishing creativity, inspiration, and emerging new legends. We are counting on your support to prevent this enormous loss by signing our petition to win over the hearts of city officials. Show your love and share your story to help give us a long-lasting future and continue Debbie Reynolds' great LEGACY.
Petition to MoviePass , Helios and Matheson, Mitch Lowe
MoviePass Be Held Accountable for Truth in Advertising.
MoviePass offered "a movie a day, everyday of the year" for $115. Over two million people subscribed to this service. After taking the customers money, they changed the policy, to make their promise undeliverable. In an industry that releases one or two movies a week, it is impossible to watch a movie a day, unless you are allowed to watch your favorites, multiple times. When asked about multiple viewings of the same movie, MoviePass agreed that seeing your favorites over again was permissable. Recently, MoviePass forced its users to update the app needed to use their passes, and in that update, they made a rule that you can only watch a movie once. Thereby taking away any reasonable effort to see a movie a day, all year. They have violated Truth in Advertising laws by this bait and switch tactic. When asked about it, they just say "Refer to the Updated Terms of Service".
Petition to Joe Lawson, ABC
Bring Back Cavemen
While not exactly a fan favorite, Cavemen was a rather enjoyable show to me and I was sorely disappointed when it was cancelled shortly after its premiere on ABC! Please get at least 1,000 signatures to convince Joe Lawson to bring back the show with more seasons and episodes! Be sure to share on social media and elsewhere, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Petition to Sarah Kirshbaum Levy, Cyma Zarghami
Give TG4 back the broadcast rights to Avatar: The Last Airbender! #atla_gaeilge
English / Gaeilge Dear Viacom Media Networks, I want you to know that TG4 has stopped selling Avatar: An tAer-Lúbóir Deiridh, the Irish dub of Avatar: The Last Airbender, because they no longer have the broadcast rights to the series. I was able to enjoy the show and join the large fandom because the show was dubbed into my native language. Worse, it is reported that the voices fit the characters extremely well and that the dubbers also did an excellent job of converting the English poetry and wordplay into Irish poetry and wordplay. Very worse, the native speakers of Irish are made up of a small minority of the Irish people. Giving TG4 back the broadcast rights to the series would help the re-release of the Irish dubbed show. The re-release of the Irish dubbed show would help with increasing the number of people who enjoy the show and the conservation of the Irish language. Please use the hashtag #atla_gaeilge to spread your desire to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender in Irish.
Petition to Grosse Pointe North administrators, grosse pointe
Get Frank Sumbera back as coach
Coach Frank Sumbera is a legend at Grosse Pointe North. Since 1973 he has been one of the most successful coaches in Michigan high school history. How could someone like this, a pillar of the community, a leader of young men, be forced out in the twilight of his career?Parents. Parents who are not doing any favors to their children by sheltering them from real world challenges. Today’s youth are overly sensitive and easily offended. They often lack coping skills, have never dealt with disappointment, or have been continually sheltered from anything remotely upsetting. Why? Parents have raised them in an overprotective environment that caters to this behavior. The youth has learned that if they don’t like something, or something is too hard, just tell mommy and daddy, and they will fix it. In East Hanover New Jersey the school recently passed a new rule that everyone that tries out makes the cheerleading squad, no one gets cut. Why? Parent complaints, just like the ones complaining to administration at GPN. Their child’s feelings get hurt temporarily (a minor setback in the big picture of life) and the parents jump to their rescue instead of using it as a learning experience. This is an example of the path that Grosse Pointe schools are headed down. First the coach, and next it will be the teachers who get fired for not giving everyone straight A’s. Why have a tough coach that pushes you towards scholarships and victories if it involves tough love when everyone can be a winner and get a trophy? If this change does not go through, and Coach Sumbera is not allowed to coach, hopefully he can be replaced with someone that plays games, gives out cookies, juice boxes, sings songs, and high fives everyone for a job well done. Then when the team starts to lose games, and miss out on real college scholarship opportunities, they will finally learn the lesson of true disappointment. The parents cannot shelter a child forever from devastation (hint: a child not getting enough play-time in a varsity game does not count as a devastating experience). ”Un-coachable kids become un-employable adults” -Unknown The youth today need to learn how to deal with all types of people so they can learn to adapt in the real world. If they are having a tough time with a coach, teacher, or fellow teammate they need to develop the skills to work through that challenge ON THEIR OWN without having a parent step in at the first sign of struggle. A parent should coach them on what to say, or on “how to play the game of life” from the side lines. Learning to navigate tough situations now while they have parental support to turn to before entering the real world is the true lesson parents should be teaching. You won’t be able to fire a demanding boss at work, or a superior who gives you a tough time. And you can’t cry to mommy and daddy if your feelings get hurt when you’re working in a salaried 9-5 career. If you believe Coach Sumbera deserves to coach again, or if you are truly disgusted that a couple disgruntled parents complaining about “unfair” treatment (meaning their child got some constructive criticism, or in their eyes not enough play-time) could get a respected employee of the district fired, sign this petition. This is a sad day, and a turning point for the Grosse Pointe School District, and it should not go unacknowledged. Time to speak up before this happens to anyone else. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/2018/06/29/legendary-football-and-baseball-coach-frank-sumbera-out-grosse-pointe-north/746911002/