Petition to VINCE Shareholders, Saba Ebrahimi, Christina Cassar, Lindsey Worster, Brendan L. Hoffman
VINCE stop using REAL FUR!
The clothing company VINCE has been called the "quietest billion-dollar brand in the business," and has a cult following, including celebs like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. I too was a huge fan. Their cotton T’s were my biggest wardrobe staple. But I was shocked to see that VINCE's recent collections feature garments made from real fox and rabbit fur. I thought we weren’t doing this anymore. Modern consumers are educated about the heinous cruelty inherent in fur farms, and most major brands in the same sector have pledged not to use real fur (Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, J. Crew, Rebecca Taylor, to name a few). So why is VINCE using it now? Let’s let VINCE know that real fur is not fashionable. Please join me in urging VINCE to pledge not to use real fur. Fur farms are horrifying operations, where animals live in cramped cages, without adequate water or food. Many go insane or fight each other to death, but those who survive go on to suffer gruesome slaughter methods, which keep their pelts intact but pay little attention to the degree of their pain while they are being killed. What’s worse, VINCE’s website describes these fur items as simply "imported" but their labels say that some of the fur is from China. China's fur farms are famous for their outrageous cruelty. It is well-documented that foxes and rabbits bred for their fur are often skinned alive, sometimes taking 10 to 15 minutes after skinning to die. If VINCE’s fur is being farmed in China, where there are virtually no welfare laws to animals on fur farms, one can only imagine the torture these animals must endure. Meanwhile, some VINCE fur comes from Finland, where just recently fur farms were exposed for heinous cruelty. The VINCE brand may have flown under the radar until now, but it has been growing and is now a publicly traded company sold in over 2,500 stores. As VINCE continues to grow, so will the suffering of helpless foxes and rabbits killed to meet the demands of distribution. We cannot allow them to keep this “understated” reputation when they are causing needless suffering. Please join me in asking VINCE to pledge to cease the use of any real fur in all future collections. And join me in boycotting the brand until they do so. VINCE already has some fake fur products, so let's encourage them to switch to all fake fur.
Petition to Victoria Secret, Leslie Wexner, Sharen Jester Turney, Denise Landman
Victoria's Secret: Add Plus Sizes to Your Product Lines
Recently, Victoria’s Secret launched a marketing campaign for their clothing and lingerie lines called “The Perfect Body.” While I believe every company has the right to market however they wish, I also believe all women, including plus size women like me, have perfect bodies and deserve to feel sexy too. That’s why I’m asking Victoria’s Secret to introduce plus sizes to their collections so women like me can wear their products. I love Victoria’s Secret so much that I even have their credit card. My money and my credit are good enough for them, but the fact that I can only buy items like perfume, lotion, and body spray sends the message that my body is not. Every year I watch the Angel fashion show and would love to purchase the items I see on my screen but can’t because Victoria’s Secret doesn’t sell plus sizes. Victoria’s Secret should consider their bottom line when making this decision. There are over 100 million plus size women in the United States and we spent over 17.5 billion dollars on plus size clothing last year. Victoria’s secret already offers larger bra sizes for women with enhanced and naturally bigger breasts; it makes perfect sense to expand their lines so women with larger bodies can also join the club. Please join me by signing my petition asking Victoria’s Secret to introduce plus sizes to at least one of their lines so girls who have a little more "love" can get in on the sexy and feel great about ourselves too. My point overall, let anyone, any size, walk in and pick something from the drawers.
Petition to Adidas
Create Vegan Friendly Footwear Options with Faux Leather
The production of real leather requires the death and suffering of cows. Everyone knows this. So why do mainstream shoe companies still not carry faux leather options? Faux leather is cheaper to produce, lasts longer, and most importantly, does not harm animals. That's why it's absurd that a shoe company as successful and popular as Adidas does not carry vegan (faux leather) options in any of its styles. Not only does this prevent vegan and ethical shoppers from being able to purchase their shoes, but it perpetuates the idea that we as a society need to use leather. Would Adidas signature styles such as the Superstar and Stan Smith still be as stylish and highly sought-after if they were made with faux leather? I dare say they would. However, I recognize that making the leap from using real cow leather to using solely faux leather is a difficult process. Therefore, I propose a solution. Would it not be absolutely fantastic -- for both humans and animals- if Adidas was to come out with a line of faux leather versions of its most popular styles? This would be an idea that benefits everyone involved. Adidas would open up their market to vegan customers, vegan customers would be able to purchase a pair or two (or twenty) of fashionable new cruelty-free shoes, and fewer cows would have their lives taken for a fashion material that already has a cheaper, more durable alternative. Sign this petition if you agree that everyone would benefit from Adidas coming out with vegan/faux leather versions of their most popular styles. Signing won’t cost you a thing, but if we are successful, your signature may just save the life of an innocent animal.
Petition to Polyvore , SSENSE, Tim Armstrong, Verizon Communications, Verizon
Bring Back Polyvore
On April 5, 2018, the website formerly known as Polyvore made an announcement with no prior warning and no heads up to it's hundreds of thousands of users: it was effectively being shut down. Polyvore, which was a site known for it's digital board function, was home to countless groups, users, and accounts which didn't just use it for fashion (though that was the primary focus) but for writing, connecting with friends or likeminded people, and just expressing themselves in general. Without even a word of warning, this website, community, and family was destroyed, sold out to the company SSense and adopting the name- loosing all groups, it's set making function, and basically morphing into a "luxury retailer" without consulting it's member base. While the higher ups at Polyvore may be excited for this change, the hundreds of thousands of users who are left with no way to reconnect with friends and recover their stories and know helpless to the whims of a corporation, and have effectively been shut out of a website they had once used for almost a decade. The goal of this petition is simple - Bring Back Polyvore. Bring back the creative outlet for thousands. Bring back the website that connected people across the globe. Bring back the platform for creativity, individuality, and self expression. Bring. Back. Polyvore.
Petition to French Tennis Federation, Bernard Giudicelli, Wimbledon
Let Serena Williams wear her Compression Suit!
Serena Williams is being told that she can’t wear an all black compression suit to the French Open because French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli says “sometimes we’ve gone to far” and “one must respect the game and the place.” This is all because Williams stated the suit made her feel like a Wakanda warrior from The Black Panther. The real kicker is that this suit is saving her life. It was made specifically for her to help with blood clots she gets that are life threatening. She could literally die from these and the suit helps her keep them away. Please sign my petition to tell Mr. Giudicelli and the whole French Tennis Federation, as well as those at Wimbledon, that we will not stand for this! Let Serena wear her suit!
Petition to NIKE, NBA, bleacherreport , okcthunder
Update the OKC Thunder Logo by 2020
Growing up in small-town Oklahoma in the 90s, it was always a drag to have to root for other states' professional sports teams. 2008 was a dream, one that we haven't woken up from since.. The last decade has been filled with cheers, tears, and everything in between, as we have watched our team take shape, achieve success, and then begin the process over again. Today in 2018, we have one of the best rosters in the league, 2 All Stars with huge brands of their own, a world class owner/management group that is willing to take risks, an amazing, game-altering fanbase, who despite being the smallest market in US professional sports, still somehow racks up TOP 10 numbers in merchandise sales. This organization has proved to be special. Now its time to revisit our branding to accurately reflect this team. Led by the most ferocious and fashionable man in pro sports (worldwide), the Thunder are depicted across billboards, apparel, and countless online publications with one of the most uninspiring logos sports has ever seen. We have an awesome opportunity to play up the weather and/or bison motifs that our name references, and with Nike now leading branding efforts, the options for quality designs are limitless! The NBA has made a name for itself as one of the most progressive leagues in American sports. The NBA is here to stay. Over the next several decades, my children and grandchildren will own OKC Thunder gear, and it will likely include a modified and upgraded central symbol other than bad lettering over a (literal) basketball.. #WHYNOT make this change now, while we have longterm stars in their primes? Let's not wait until 2040, while we are rebuilding around Noah Westbrook!! Please sign this petition to raise awareness of the need to change our PRIMARY LOGO. Thank you, and THUNDER UP!!
Petition to Manuel Sánchez
Remove School Uniform At Goleman
The loose uniform policy that has been in place for years at Barbara Goleman Senior High has kept students happy. Our good grades and focus on class comes from us feeling 100% comfortable in our amazing staff and in our own skin. Keeping it this way would promise students an amazing learning envoirment and the staff an equally amazing school year like years past. Suddenly having a uniform grabs our individuality and takes it away after getting so comfortable with it. The students fully understand safety concerns and that is why we all wear our school IDs around our necks. Our security does an amazing job and uniforms have never been a problem until now. Our new principal wants us to “look and dress like a team” after multiple emails from many students that’s the only respond we will get. After this hopefully a more professional and meaningful answer will be provided. I made this petition because I saw so many students complaining and emailing our new principal but no results were being shown. Maybe if we show him in this form we’ll get the outcome we want. We can do this as a team just like the Gators always do! Please sign this petition to show your support and share your disagreement with this new policy! Thank You! -Gabriella Lopez, a junior at Barbara Goleman
Petition to U.S. Department Of Commerce
Learn the True Cost of Fashion
While the U.S. is busy tearing apart Urban Outfitter stores every year during Black Friday, no one stops to think about what the true cost is of the cheap clothing we take for granted. The stores with the cheapest clothes usually use the cheapest forms of labor. The cheapest labor usually translates to using some form of forced labor: Either sweatshops or child labor. Although many sweatshops aren't technically forcing people to work for them, they don't give them much choice: They incentivize people with marginally higher pay compared to local labor while offering awful working conditions and long hours. Although the labor is bad, it isn't the worst part. The materials for these clothes have to come from somewhere cheap as well, and in most cases, the farmers of the cotton get ripped off as well. In Bangladesh alone, every hour, 2 cotton farmers commit suicide. They do this because they can no longer afford to buy crops. All their money has been spent on pesticides for those crops. Eventually, the pesticides make them sick, so they need to buy medications. And the problem? All three of these: seeds, pesticides, and medications: They all come from the same company. It's a total monopoly; the prices can be sky-high and the farmers have no other choice. When the farmers inevitably run up a large debt, the company takes control of their land, and, feeling that they have nothing left to live for, the farmer commits suicide. It doesn't have to be like this. It starts with the consumer and their awareness of the problem. As of now, only 1% of clothing worldwide is produced ethically. If we can raise awareness for this cycle, U.S. consumers can be more aware of which brands to avoid, and how to better contribute to a more sustainable future. There are many possible plans of action, but the one that seems the most effective is to convince the Dept. of Commerce to require companies using unethical labor to disclose that they are doing so. This way, it's in the consumer's face. We’re not assigning guilt/blame to anyone in particular, just trying to raise awareness for these tragedies. If you would like to help us out, click "sign this petition" above. Thanks for reading all the way through :)