Petition to Gap Inc., Padmasree Warrior, Mayo Shattuck, William Fischer, Robert Fischer, Khajak Keledjian, Art Peck, Bobbi Silten, Sonia Syngal, Jyothi Rao, Glenn K. Murphy, Katherine Tsang (Board of Directors)
Foxes, rabbits, and raccoon dogs are being slaughtered. GAP Inc., please stop selling fur.
Gap Inc. profits from animals' suffering in the fur industry. Raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits, and mink are slaughtered and skinned for Gap Inc.'s Intermix stores despite widespread cruelty to animals who are often beaten, electrocuted, or bled to death for their fur. Please sign my petition asking Gap Inc. to go completely fur-free. If this issue sounds familiar, it's because a spokesperson for Gap Inc. said: "We are committed to the ethical sourcing of our products, which includes the humane treatment of animals," when they announced that their Piperlime stores would stop selling fur in September 2014. This was in response to a petition I created on Change.org. But they stopped short of putting this policy in place across all stores. The abhorrent physical conditions in which these animals suffer on fur factory farms lead to behaviors consistent with extreme psychological trauma such as rocking, head bobbing, self-mutilation, and even cannibalism. Wild animals trapped for their fur are caught in steel leg traps or in strangulation snares. Foxes caught in the jaws of a steel leg trap have been known to attempt to chew off their own feet in an attempt to escape. Animals are beaten, electrocuted, or have their heads stomped on before being skinned. Undercover video investigations often show animals still breathing and flinching while being skinned. Many Gap, Inc. fur products are made in China, a country with virtually nonexistent animal cruelty laws. In a particularly gut-wrenching clip from a Chinese factory, a skinned animal lifts his head and looks into the camera. Gap Inc. owns numerous stores including Banana Republic, Piperlime, Old Navy, Athleta -- all of which seem to be fur-free. If they already claim to care about humane treatment of animals, why are they allowing their Intermix stores to keep selling so many fur coats, hats, gloves, and other accessories from animals killed all over the world? I have reached out to Gap Inc. and it is clear that they care about the concerns of their customers. The same spokesperson who talked about humane treatment of animals also said they are "committed to our customers and welcome your feedback." In my correspondence, I inquired about the possibility of removing fur from the shelves of all Gap Inc. stores. After agreeing to look into the issue and get back to me, I never heard from them again. A subsequent follow up email was also never returned. So that's why I'm asking Gap Inc. to adopt a consistent fur-free policy across all its companies. Please take a stand against the heartless slaughter of animals! Sign my petition and cease to shop at any Gap Inc. store until this corporation agrees to go fur free.
Petition to Nickelodeon
Start turning the "Avatar: The Last Airbender" 3-part comic stories into animated TV movies, among a few other recommendations
Each 3-part "Avatar: The Last Airbender" comic story should be turned into an animated TV movie, with the cast from the TV series reprising their roles. The DVD & Blu-ray releases of these movies should include animated shorts based on the short stand-alone comic stories, including "Rebound" and "Shells", with the cast from the TV series reprising their roles. Also, the short comic stories from the "Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures" comic collection should be turned into animated shorts, with the cast from the TV series reprising their roles. These shorts should be included on Blu-ray releases of the TV series, with the shorts placed in their correct chronological spots between episodes. Recommendations For Blu-ray Releases of "Avatar: The Last Airbender": The Blu-ray releases of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" should have all the extras from the DVD sets(including the exclusive extras from the "Book 1: Water: Collector's Edition" DVD set). The Blu-ray sets should have the same front covers as the DVD sets(The "Book 1: Water" front cover should be the one from the standard "Book 1: Water" DVD set.). The "Legend of Korra" video game should be turned into an animated TV movie. View these: https://www.change.org/p/netflix-pick-up-the-avatar-franchise-and-release-as-a-netflix-original-series and http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/mr8866/news/?a=109012.
Petition to Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price
Support modern "green" recreational activities in our National Parks and Seashores
Cape Cod National Seashore is a National Park in Massachusetts that spans the entire Atlantic-facing shoreline of Cape Cod across 6 towns of the Outer and Lower Cape. It was created in 1961 by avid sailor and President John F. Kennedy to preserve the natural and historic values of a portion of Cape Cod for the inspiration and enjoyment of people all over the United States. In recent years park management has issued prohibitions on modern, green recreational activities- such as kitesurfing and fat tired beach bikes- thereby eroding the enjoyment of the park by active, nature loving adults and youth. These bans promote resentment for conservation measures that result in the ubiquitous bumper stickers "Plovers, taste just like chicken". It also goes against the National Park Service's youth initiative that strives to get young people to unplug, get outside and enjoy nature. These young people could become the stewards for protection of public lands and open space if they could appreciate them. Kitesurfing is a relatively new form of sailing. It is a watersport that involves using a kite instead of a sail to catch the wind and pull a surfer onto a wave, thus allowing that surfer to ride many more waves than is possible by traditional means. It is quiet, non-polluting, utilizes a renewable resource rather than fossil fuel to tow-in the surfer, and the colorful kites are fluid and beautiful to watch. Because it leaves no physical or carbon imprint, kitesurfing is consistent with the NPS Organic Act that stipulates "the purpose of the National Park Service is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” In fact the Superintendent of another east coast National Seashore deemed it "a popular and appropriate recreational activity." Kitesurfing at Cape Cod National Seashore also has the potential to inspire tourists and other beachgoers to consider exercise activities that are harmonious with nature and environmentally benign, as well as a whole lot of fun. However this won't happen because 2 years ago CCNS banned kitesurfing on all its ocean-facing beaches from March-Oct claiming that the kites harm shorebirds. Looking over the CCNS Annual Shorebird Reports from the years when kitesurfing was allowed, nowhere is it reported that shorebirds or their nests or offspring were negatively impacted by kitesurfing in the area, and no kiteboarders were ticketed for violating the safety zone around shorebird enclosures or swimming areas. But government overreach allows the Park Service to ban new, green activities that they are not familiar with or supportive of, without having to prove any real harm done. Let the Superintendent know you believe it's time to bring Cape Cod National Seashore into the 21st century. These spaces were meant for the enjoyment of all who leave it unimpaired for future generations, and not just for aging baby boomers who are content with a leisurely hike and a seat with a view, who also happen to be the same demographic in charge of the park. Support kitesurfing in Cape Cod National Seashore and allow future generations to preserve and enjoy nature and the Seashore in new and exciting ways that our forefathers never imagined.
Petition to The Walt Disney Company
25% of Marvel Studios Profits From The "Black Panther" Film Invested in Black Communities
Through a clever, well manufactured marketing campaign Marvel Studios and their parent company The Walt Disney Company have targeted the black community with their advertisements for the upcoming Black Panther film, due to release on February 16, 2018. As marginalized groups have become more vocal, corporations and their savvy public relations departments have turned to catering to these groups - to turn a profit - and this film by Marvel Studios is no different. For years, Black America has been speaking of the "lack of representation" in media, be it print, video or otherwise and as of the last decade Marvel Studios and the "superhero" genre in general have often been used as prime examples. Until now black superheroes or superheroes of color, have played marginal roles relegated to "sidekick" status, hardly at the forefront of any superhero film. While many would see the release of a major studio film with a majority black cast, black director and art direction helmed by black artists (the SZA & Kendrick Lamar song "All The Stars" will be part of the Black Panther soundtrack) as a win - what exactly will the black community gain, aside from another symbolic victory? Surely, more than just black people will be heading to the movies on February 16th to indulge in another piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, Marvel Studios hasn't pulled out all the stops to get everyone else to come to the theaters - they've blatantly targeted the black community, because they want the one thing the black community has to offer in abundance - black dollars. Marvel Studios and their Black Panther marketing campaign has targeted Black America in two very distinct ways: Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" played in the background of the initial Black Panther trailer (which speaks to a a larger issue of the monetization of "wokeness"). The films Black History Month release date. On their own, these two instances don't warrant outrage or disgust. However, when you acknowledge the importance of a song such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and the significance of Black History Month, it is insulting for them to be used as merely marketing ploys. Gil Scott-Heron told us that, "The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox..." and it will not be brought to us by Marvel Studios in association with The Walt Disney Company either. As black communities across the United States continue to grapple with issues such as gentrification, police brutality, and substandard living conditions we cannot continue to recklessly support these conglomerates, allowing them to profit off of us without demanding something more than just their products in return. We have the ability to change the conditions our communities and us as a people face, by leveraging the strongest resources we have: our strength in numbers, and our combined "spending power". Income inequality is real, and the continued decline of black wealth is something that need not only be addressed, but solved. Underprivileged communities that are only seen as contributors to profit margins must wield their collective power, and become more than just consumers of products; whether that be in the realm of material goods or the arts. By signing this petition you're taking a stand, and informing Marvel Studios & their parent The Walt Disney Company that in February your money is not guaranteed. That unless they agree to set aside 25% of their WORLDWIDE profit to be allocated for investment in black communities, and in programs within these communities that focus on S.T.E.M., you will not be heading to any movie theater to see their film. You have the ability to not only be entertained, but to leave the theater in February knowing that a portion of your money will be coming back into your community. To not only go see a film about a fictitious country in Africa with advanced technology, but the opportunity to invest in programs which focus on the fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - that make such advancements possible, in real life. Sign the petition and tell Marvel Studios & The Walt Disney Company to #BreakBread OR You could simply go to the theater come February 16th, pay for your tickets, buy your popcorn and soda and leave after two hours having seen a good film - and making wealthy companies even wealthier. But understand this: The revolution will not be televised, because the revolution is here - the revolution is in the people.
Petition to Kevin Feige, Marvel, Alan Horn, Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy, Walt Disney
Marvel Studios, Give the Latino community a live action superhero movie too!
While I’m completely elated for the black community on having this defining milestone with the revolutionary movie Black Panther, it also completely saddens me because it forces you to open your eyes on the other minorities being left behind and completely overlooked. Specifically for me, the Latino community. It saddens me that my kids and all the other kids in the Latino community do not have a superhero they can identify with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We have only been constantly represented as dirty,lazy, gang-bangers/criminals, cleaners, and landscapers by Hollywood for lack of roles. That’s just not all of the Latino community. Unfortunately the heroes that are hispanic have always been white washed and/or casted by white actors or always just sidekicks to the sidekicks in Hollywood movies. I don’t want to take any of the positivity that Black Panther is creating because it truly is pathing the way for other minority communities to be heard. Our kids deserve to believe they can save the world, go on exciting adventures or accomplish the impossible too. We need a new live action superhero movie that illustrates a latino person that’s out there doing something positively amazing, something that they can look up to regardless of what society has prematurely branded them. We need something to give our kids something to look up to and say “hey maybe we can do something more than what we see around us.” Give the Latino community a live action Latino Superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not just another supporting role! Aunque estoy completamente eufórico por la comunidad negra por tener este hito decisivo con la revolucionaria película Black Panther, también me entristece por completo porque te obliga a abrir los ojos a las otras minorías que quedan atrás y que pasan por alto por completo. Específicamente para mí, la comunidad latina. Me entristece que mis hijos y todos los demás niños de la comunidad latina no tengan un superhéroe con el que puedan identificarse en el universo cinematográfico de Marvel. Solo nos han representado constantemente como holgazanes, holgazanes, delincuentes, limpiadores y jardineros pandilleros por Hollywood por falta de roles. Eso no es solo toda la comunidad latina. Desafortunadamente, los héroes que son hispanos siempre han sido blanqueados y / o lanzados por actores blancos o siempre solo como compinches con los compinches de las películas de Hollywood. No quiero tomar ninguna de las cosas positivas que Black Panther está creando porque realmente está allanando el camino para que se escuche a otras comunidades minoritarias. Nuestros niños merecen creer que pueden salvar el mundo, seguir emocionantes aventuras o lograr lo imposible también. Necesitamos una nueva película de superhéroes de acción en vivo que ilustre a una persona latina que está haciendo algo increíblemente positivo, algo que puedan admirar independientemente de lo que la sociedad les haya calificado prematuramente. Necesitamos algo para darles a nuestros hijos algo que admirar y decir "ojalá podamos hacer algo más de lo que vemos a nuestro alrededor". Dele a la comunidad latina una película de Superhéroes latinos en acción en el Universo cinematográfico Marvel, no solo otro apoyo ¡papel!
Petition to Netflix, NBC, FOX Broadcasting Company, Hulu
Bring Back Sliders
It's been years since the finale of the scifi series Sliders. But a new beginning could close the book to a job unfinished. Those first two seasons had the perfect blend of adventure, fiction and comedy. It was the 90s, it was a time where things were indeed more simple and less complicated. There’s no question that it was the golden era for science fiction on television. Any and every 90s show seems to be getting the nod for a reboot. Whether it be Full House, or the X-Files there’s something missing and it’s Sliders. There’s one supreme advantage that Sliders has over these other shows. It’s the literal unlimited possibilities writers could create for parallel worlds. And I’m afraid that your studio, Universal Studios, fails to see this as an advantage. Jerry O’Connell once said that’s why he loves Sliders so much because “its not like other televisions shows where you’re stuck in a emergency room every episode or you’re stuck in police precinct. It’s a different show every week.” The possibilities are indeed endless with different dimensions. The man to get the job done for a miniseries would be Sliders co-creator Tracy Tormé who has won the hearts and minds of a cult scifi generation. When Slidecage interviewed Jerry O’Connell and talked about a possible reprise he mentioned that Tormé is the boss. And rightly so. He would be the one who has seen what has worked and what hasn’t in his time working on Sliders. His experience with writing and negotiating in a day and age where the parallel universe concept is becoming more widely known is key to success. If you’re truly connected to a story and characters of a science fiction medium you want to know the whole story, not a new one. What would “Back to the Future” be without Michael J. Fox? Or “Indiana Jones” without Harrison Ford? There are many fans here and abroad waiting, hoping, believing that a return will happen. That’s not to say a series reinvention is out of the question, but capping off a cliffhanger story is more important. Obviously it wouldn’t be an easy feat to explain a resolution to the chaos that ensued over two and a half seasons. Trying to tell a new story to new viewers and old diehard fans would require a delicate and precise balancing act. A theatrical movie would be out of the question. The average movie length is two hours which would likely not give enough time to wrap up the past and give us more action beyond that. A continuation with a new season six could end up in disaster with cast changes or even cancellation without a resolution yet again. It would seem the only viable option is a miniseries that could not only give enough screen time but allow a set finale that would leave everyone happy. Finally at that point, a reinvention or next generation would seem appropriate. Sliders went through a lot in five seasons. Actors left the show, plots drastically changed at times, and the series ended on a cliffhanger. Nevertheless Sliders still had very high ratings and kept continuity in it’s fifth and final season. Many would call the Sliders story a train wreck that could never be put back together. If Universal Studios leaves it a mess, its essentially a cheap shot to it’s fans. Let me explain. Co-Creator Tracy Tormé saw the need for viewers to be “in the know” about cliffhangers from one season to the next. The season one finale told the story about Quinn getting shot and the FOX Network felt no explantation was needed to show Quinn on his feet in the season two premiere episode. Essentially as Tormé puts it FOX wanted to “alienate the audience” and tell them you don’t matter, nor does the story. We do matter and we’re here to tell you that. Most of us would be delighted to see the original fantastic four return. Jerry O’Connell would definitely be interested with Tormé at the helm and I can’t help but feel Cleavant Derricks would be on board, especially after outlasting every other original cast member through its five year run. Obviously John Rhys-Davies and Sabrina Lloyd may be in question. Rhys-Davies had a difficult departure from the series to say the least, and Lloyd is overseas. Deep down Quinn, Rembrandt, Wade and the Professor are the bread and butter. And everyone knows it. Sliders doesn’t need to grow mature. Growing up in the 90s, Sliders was a relatively moral television series. Whether it be the violence of “The Walking Dead” or the sexual obsession in “Game of Thrones”, television shows today are pushing violent and sexual boundaries to the extreme. Sliders is something that was fun, comedic and adventurous in a wholesome way. If you have a good story there’s really no need for sexualizing and creating graphic violent scenes. Networks have really taken what was sparsely seen in the 90s and used it exponentially today for ratings. It’d be great to see the kids growing up today to experience such a show as we did in the 90s. Adventurous. Fun. Clean. Yet smart. Time is of essence. The prolific actor John Rhys-Davies is getting up in age along with the Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks. Why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to bring back a show with John Rhys-Davies? The man has been a staple in blockbuster movie franchises such as “Indiana Jones”, “Lord of the Rings” and even “007”. It would only take time to tie up a loose end that co-creator Tracy Tormé was never able to finish and thats the wrong Arturo who slid with the Sliders after the episode “Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome”. The existence of countless Sliders fan websites, fan fiction, it’s success on Netflix and presence in pop culture is still strong. Reviving the show to it’s roots with the original actors would be a television success with Tracy Tormé. It only takes a bit of research to discover how embedded Sliders is in the hearts and minds of TV fanatics. We haven’t forgotten. Take a look. ‘Haven’t you seen? Heard? Haven’t you looked around? Hasn’t any of this affected you at all? The universe has no conscience. So we have to.’ Don’t blow it. Thomas Birchfield www.slidecage.com, email@example.com
Petition to ABC, The CW, FOX Broadcasting Company, NBC, CBS
Bring Back Saturday Morning Childrens' Programming
Your attention please, I am a big fan of animation. Saturday morning cartoons were always very relaxing and enjoyable. Whether you’re old school (‘60s – ‘00s) or new school (present), Saturday mornings cartoons were the best. Today, Saturday mornings are cartoonless on broadcast network TV (ABC, Fox, CBS, & The CW.) programming and a lot of people have had their childhoods taken away since they’ve shut it down back in 2014. This must change immediately. There are many folks out there like me who want cartoons to return to Saturday mornings on broadcast TV and I will show the many Saturday morning cartoon lovers out there by starting this petition. All of the many signatures gathered will prove that Saturday morning cartoon shows must RETURN! This is our time to bring it back! Please sign and share this. #BringBackSaturdayMorning