Petition to Warner Brothers
Make Wonder Woman Bisexual
Earlier this summer, Warner Brothers released their latest DC Comics franchise film Wonder Woman, and women young and old finally saw an image of themselves reflected in a superhero on the big screen. WB also raked in a pretty penny with a gross of over $817 million worldwide (and counting), ranking the film as the third highest grossing film in the studio’s history. Needless to say, it was a success for everyone...except the bisexual community. The likelihood of Wonder Woman being bisexual has been alluded to over the years, primarily in comics. Writer of Wonder Woman: Rebirth Greg Rucka even confirmed that “Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women”, so why is it so hard to translate this for the silver screen? Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince hails from Themyscira, land of the Amazons and inhabited exclusively by women. This alone should serve as reason enough to confirm her sexuality, since any close relationship she could have had prior to her romantic storyline with Steve Trevor would have had to have been with another woman. Some of you may be thinking that this specificity doesn't make a difference but for people like me who rarely see themselves reflected in media, believe me. It does. For as long as I can remember, I've had an attachment to TV and film. I would get lost in the storylines and characters for hours, so much so that I earned my degree in Cinema Studies. One of the first things I learned is that representation is power, especially in today's society ruled by technology and social media. What we are exposed to on our televisions, in our movie theaters and Netflix queues, can have a direct correlation to how we view ourselves and the world around us. As I was coming to terms with my bisexuality, I saw few--if any--characters that I could relate to, and those that I did see were almost always portrayed in a negative light. The majority of the LGBTQ+ community identifies as bisexual or as having attraction to more than one gender, and yet it is the least understood of any identity. We are oversexualized and underrepresented. We are called greedy, dishonest, and confused. We are the least likely to come out and the most likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, on top of experiencing higher rates of sexual/intimate partner violence. We are made to feel invisible and in doing so we begin to see ourselves as invisible. Making Wonder Woman canonically bisexual on the big screen would make her the first openly LGBTQ superhero of any gender from either DC or Marvel's cinematic universes, and would solidify her place as a true role model for women of all ages and identities. The Wonder Woman franchise is the embodiment of strength and resilience in a genre that places women as the sidekick more often than the hero. The bar is already so low when it comes to celebrating women and LGBTQ characters in a positive way, and I am tired of grasping at straws in an effort to see myself represented. All I ask is that Warner Bros. directly acknowledge Diana Prince for who she is, who she has always been (regardless of her current love interest), and what her character could potentially represent for millions of people.
Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Stop Cruel 'Cowboy Monkey Rodeos'
So-called 'cowboy monkey rodeos' are not just degrading and humiliating to the animals forced to perform, but are also cruel and dangerous. In this abusive form of "entertainment," a Capuchin monkey is dressed in cowboy clothing and strapped to the back of a border collie while the dog herds sheep around an arena. The dogs run at high speeds, making sharp turns and stopping quickly. At these appalling events, which often take place at sports matches, the monkeys are at risk of whiplash, head injuries and spine damage -- not to mention the trauma of being forced to perform in front of thousands of screaming spectators. “[T]his is a thoroughly disreputable practice, animal abuse for cash, cheap thrills for a few bucks and all at the monkeys’ expense” said Gary Kuehn, DVM, retired zoo veterinarian. As you can imagine, animal welfare violations are rampant. These traveling shows have been cited by the USDA for keeping animals in unsanitary conditions, failure to provide adequate veterinary care, improper crowd control, and failure to make animal welfare inspections. Several years back, all of the monkeys, dogs and sheep in Team Ghost Riders were killed in their trailer from carbon monoxide poisoning. Please sign the petition urging the USDA to shut down these cruel operations and finally end the cowboy monkey rodeo travesty.
Petition to United States Figure Skating
Improve the quality of the Ice Network service
In the United States, fans of figure skating watch the sport online via the Ice Network (IN) streaming service. IN is a paid subscription service owned by United States Figure Skating (USFS) and a joint venture between USFS and MLB Advanced Media. It's not uncommon for viewers to complain about the poor quality of IN's stream, which is frequently choppy, drops audio, and cannot withstand sizable viewership. When viewers contact IN's Customer Support, they are met with canned responses, placing the fault of their connection woes on the user. If a viewer posts to the IN forum about stream quality, these posts are ignored. Subscribers pay approximately $50 for an annual subscription for access to view a wide array of domestic and international competitions. As IN is the exclusive broadcast rights holder in the United States, other options frequently force viewers to watch streams from other nations, or to wait until a user with a good connection shares a copy to Youtube or other video service. Over the weekend of September 15th, 2016, IN subscribers experienced an extraordinarily poor feed beyond the usual broadcast hiccups while watching the US International Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah. Entire programs were essentially unwatchable, leaving skating fans incredibly irate. The IN forum was flooded with complaints and eventually closed to comments; users flocked to social media and websites to air their grievances. By comparison, the International Skating Union's Junior Grand Prix (ISU JGP) series offers a free YouTube channel with live streaming of competitions. While no stream is perfect, whatever ISU JGP is doing works, and works well. It's clear that the problems with Ice Network can no longer be ignored, and either United States Figure Skating or Ice Network must take steps to address them. This petition asks for USFS/IN, along with its partner in MLB Advanced Media, to be accountable for the quality of its service and fix the obvious problems with streams–even at low-level competitions. Paid subscribers deserve to know that the service they pay for can be relied upon. As evidenced by the ISU JGP streams, figure skating can be broadcast in an easy, accessible format. Ice Network subscribers deserve an online service worthy of showcasing this sport and its athletes. It's time to let our voices be heard and demand United States Figure Skating to #FixIceNetwork!
Petition to Netflix, WGN, Amazon, ion, CW, HuluPlus, NBC, FOX Broadcasting Company
Save Person of Interest!!!
Person of Interest is one of the most unique shows on TV today. It has built a large fan base that reaches from America to China to Turkey to France and everywhere in between. We've built great friendships around this show. It entertains us, thrill's us, makes us cry and makes us laugh. It gives us LGBT representation and gives us some of the truest representations of a mental disorder. We've been fighting to keep this show alive and would love to see another network pick it up, even if it's just for one more season. Don't let a show we love so much disappear. And that includes all characters, Reese, Finch, Fusco, Root, Shaw, and Bear! We want either a redo of season 5, an alternate universe, a spin off, anything where we can have the whole cast return.
Petition to Disney
Finish The Clone Wars - Giving the Show The Closure it Deserves
On March 11, 2013, LucasFilm Animation announced the end of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars tv show on StarWars.com. Their announcement stated that " LucasFilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming," that "we feel the time has come to wind down the series," and that "fans can soon find this bonus content." It is now been three years since the cancellation of the Clone Wars, and now more than ever, especially with the reemerging interest in Star Wars among the public, it’s time to finish the Clone War. After doing hours of research, there are a myriad of points and data that gives reason for Disney to reimburse and complete the Clone Wars. Reason #1: New Hype Reason #2: Disney has the Financial Power Reason #3: Demand for The Clone Wars is Still There Reason #4: Same Cast Would be Open to Returning Reason #5: Good, Memorable Stories Reason #6: Comparatively better ratings than other shows Reason #7: Impressively Higher Viewer Count Reason #8: Successful Track Record Reason #9: Resurgence on Netflix Reason #10: Disney has the Marketing Capacity Reason #11: Past Popularity Can Be Beneficial Reason #12: Can Help Build On Star Wars Rebels Reason #13: Going in a “New Direction” Wasted a Good Opportunity Reason #14: Strong Female Characters Reason #15: Development of a Wider Universe Reason #16: Disney owns The Clone Wars For more information on the lists reasons above, please check out our website which host all these reasons in great detail! http://finishtheclonewars.wixsite.com/finishtheclonewars #FinishTheCloneWars
Petition to HiT Entertainment
Restore And Release The Director's Cut of Thomas And The Magic Railroad
When Thomas And The Magic Railroad was released in the summer of 2000, the reception was negative and the reviews were unfavorable because of the story that seemed to have been off and when it was released in the UK, critics were unfamiliar with Shining Time Station and accused the film for Americanizing Thomas. Because of the poor reviews and the reception of the film, Writer/Director Britt Allcroft was forced to stand down as chairman of The Britt Allcroft Company and was renamed Gullane Entertainment and removed from the creative side of Thomas. Then In February of 2007, everything changed when a member of SiF found a copy of the script for Thomas And The Magic Railroad dated May 19th 1999. What was written inside the script and released in July 2000 was very different revealing major scenes and plots that were cut. The main villain, PT Boomer was described as a drifter through choice and was Burnett Stone's adversary and the one who crashed Lady not Diesel 10. PT Boomer was jealous of the relationship Burnett had with Tasha and he bullied Burnett into allowing him to take Lady for a ride and crashed her in revenge. Afterwards he left Shining Time and Burnett tried to restore her but to no avail. He returns forty years later, bent on completing his revenge by finding and destroying Lady once and for all. Boomer would spend most of his time throughout the movie confronting Burnett Stone and Billy Twofeathers and digging into Muffle Mountain looking for Lady. He doesn't have any connections with Diesel 10 and doesn't believe in magic. In March of 2000, Britt Allcroft had to do a test screening in a shopping mall and was forced to make drastic cuts. PT Boomer (played by Doug Lennox) was cut out of the film because parents said he was too frightening for the kids. Alongside with Doug Lennox was the original voice talent: Fireman and part time Taxi Driver, John Bellis became involved with the movie when he picked Britt Allcroft up from the airport. When Britt heard John utter a few words, she realized she found the voice of Thomas and offered him the part. When interviewed by BBC News, he said: "I'm a bit shell shocked and I have to keep pinching myself to remind myself that it had really happened." Unfortunately during the screening, test audiences didn't like his Liverpudlian accent that John used for Thomas and complained that he made Thomas sound too old. The part went to Eddie Glen. John Bellis said he was gutted but wished them well. Michael Angelis the UK narrator for Thomas, voiced James and Percy for the film, but test audiences argued that he too sounded too old and the parts for James and Percy went to Susan Roman and Linda Ballantyne. Australian actor Keith Scott voiced Diesel 10 but he was dropped when the test audience said he sounded too scary. The part went to Neil Crone who improvised most of the dialogue and first voiced Diesel 10 using a gruff Russian accent. Afterwards somebody was worried they might find it offensive so he had to do it again with more of a New Jersey accent. For the next few months Britt Allcroft and editor Ron Wisman worked on many revisions and finished in late June. Many years later, the cast and fans believed the film would have been less then a flop if the film stayed the way it was meant to be. Russell Means who played Billy Twofeathers supported a release for the director's cut and Britt Allcroft is trying to find a way to get it screened. Upon the discovery of the chase scene and the japanese trailer featuring PT Boomer, I decided to start this petition to restore and release the director's cut of the film by looking for the original film elements and re-edit PT Boomer scenes and the original voices back to Thomas And The Magic Railroad and try to rehire Hummie Mann to write a new musical score treatment since PT Boomer was gone by the time he arrived. With your support, we can bring Britt Allcroft's true film back from out of the shadows and into the light and make her dream come true.
Petition to Netflix, DHX Media, The Program Exchange, King Features Syndicate, General Mills
Revived Dennis the Menace (1986 Animated Series) on Netflix with Brand New Episodes.
Over 30th years ago, the animated series of Dennis the Menace was produced by DIC Entertainment (now owned by DHX Media) was aired on television from 1986 to 1988. It's last only two seasons with 78 episodes (234 segments) and continued running in the 90's and 2000's as well. Based on the popular classic comic strip by Hank Ketcham about Dennis Mitchell, a young blond-haired boy with cowlick who gets into numerous scrapes and adventures along his dog Ruff and his friends Joey, Margaret, Gina, Tommy, PeeBee and Jay. Especially he's getting into mischief that's which end up tormenting his hapless and grouchy next-neighbor, Mr. Wilson. Dennis get involved in all kinds of wild and crazy adventures, but always manages to save the day. This popular animated is full with laugh, fun and adventure that catch it everyone's hearts for all ages. But what if American's favorite troublemaker is back for more excitement and more trouble? We fans very like to see this wonderful cartoon returns with brand new episodes for more fun, more adventures and more mischievous. It's not a reboot or remake, it's "REVIVAL"! With same energy, adventurous and humor of Hank Ketcham's spirit, but more advanced animation quality and richer colors in normal 2D traditional hand-drawn like it was before instead crummy CGI or choppy Adobe flash. The opening credits would be re-recorded version of original 80's theme and the closing credits will be new and different segment. Hopefully featuring the new voice casts for Dennis and his gang, plus the returning of the legendary voice actor (Maurice LaMarche from Pinky & the Brain and Futurama) as the voice of Henry Mitchell, Ruff and George Wilson ever since Phil Hartman die in 1998. And (Madeline: Stevie Vallance) as the voice of Martha Wilson and Alice Mitchell. If anybody are biggest Dennis the Menace fans out there, please sign this petition and we'll be extremely grateful if DHX Media, King Features, General Mills and The Program Exchange would bring back Dennis the Menace as the revival series on Netflix and if they could co-production with other animation studios from Japan and: or South Korea to do overseas animated this show. Everybody will enjoy Dennis and the rest lovable characters once again in new episodes and Direct-to-Video movie series. There is no other brats but with a kindhearted like Dennis the Menace.
Petition to Potential investors and banks.
We want a venue in Appleton, to book national metal, hardcore, punk and hard rock bands.
In order to secure financing and to obtain licenses and permits, I need to prove that my business has a market that it can thrive in and fit a need. One way to prove this market exists is to conduct a survey. Since a petition is essentially a survey, I have created this petition to identify and prove there is a market in the Fox Valley for such a venue. The target market is fans of metal, hardcore, punk, hard rock and any other more extreme styles of music and art. Metalheads are a tight international brotherhood and sisterhood of passionate, like-minded individuals. It is a lifestyle and a culture and the Fox Valley has a growing population of metalheads and rockers. I have heard them speak over the years about having their own venue. A venue that respects and nourishes their culture. I have been a metalhead since age thirteen and have my finger on the pulse of the current state of the scene. Older metalheads take their kids to shows and many generations enjoy the experience. Many of these older metalheads now have disposable income and are willing to pay for VIP reserved seats and treatment. Many metalheads are hard working, roll up your sleeves and get the job done blue collar types that are ready to live it up on the weekends watching live bands playing their favorite style of music. Metal spans all segments of the population. Another big segment of our target market is the kids, mainly ages thirteen and up . There are very few all ages venues in the Fox Valley. Many kids go to see dingy basement shows where they pay a small cover charge and crowd in like sardines to enjoy bands touring through the area. We want to give them somewhere to go on the weekends and keep them from roaming the streets bored. We will provide a safe haven for them to enjoy music. We also want to target various charities and host at least one benefit show per month. Metalheads tend to take care of their own. I'm a veteran with a service-connected disability. Back in 2009, I needed open heart surgery to replace a bad valve and repair an aortic aneurysm. The Veterans Administration took care of me. Now I am ready to give back. The metal scene is a caring and giving brotherhood. Just as the veterans who have served our country have given us the freedom to have the opportunity to give back. Our scene is always giving benefit shows for local charities and families in need. We will have benefit shows for charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project of Wisconsin and will develop a list of veterans that can attend concerts for free. Our building will be up to ADA standards with handicap accessible ramps, restrooms, VIP balcony areas, special general admission access booth, parking and more. We will take care of our vets, disabled or otherwise. A benefit show called Metalheads for Mammograms will be held annually to raise money for breast cancer for such charities as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and others. There will also be a benefit show for autism. We know many metalheads with autistic kids that could use our help. We will also donate to local food pantries and other charities such as Toys for Tots and host a benefit called Metalheads for Mutts for the local Humane Society. There are also plans to include a Metal, Hardcore, Punk, Hard Rock and Rock Museum and Hall of Fame. Although there is a Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, this will focus on the aforementioned genres and we will seek donations from bands, record labels and industry insiders that will give or loan instruments, clothing and other music related items with historical value. This will attract international attention and bring more people to the Fox Valley to help support the local economy. We also support local, national and international artists that create art based on these music genres. Deviant and Dark Art is a growing segment that needs to be seen and appreciated. These artists can display and sell their works in our art gallery. Lastly, we would like to put together a green initiative by recycling our refuse and installing solar panels on the roof to help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our utility bill, especially the heating bill during the cold Wisconsin winters. There are many government grants available to us for taking these initiatives and we will utilize them. Thank you in advance for supporting local music and contributing to our thriving scene.