Petition to David Baszucki, Roblox Corporation
Roblox, Cencorship for dummies
Roblox is a great community, and I want it to stay that way. Recently, in the past months, due to pressuring and so-called 'bullying' by online players, ROBLOX updated it's censorship policy. Before I get into that, I should clarify that ROBLOX has two 'privacy/safe modes'. Younger than 13, and 13 plus. ROBLOX said that 13+ could say anything, as long as it wasn't an extreme curse. (da**, h***, etc. allowed, but f***, wh*** and racial/gender slurs not allowed) But, of course, ROBLOX censored other stuff anyways. You could say, "that idiot over there is annoying", and it would censor it. Now, it what should happen is that it only censors it for the 13- crew, and not the 13+ crew. But, instead, its censored for both. This is what I don't want happening. Help us fix ROBLOX's censorship policy.
Petition to Dan Bishop (North Carolina State Senator), North Carolina State Senate
Stop NC Senator Dan Bishop from legislating away free political speech in NC
We protest Republican State Senator Dan Bishop's call to introduce a bill in the NC State Legislature that would "make it a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties." He proposed this after protestors followed former NC Governor McCrory at the Women's March in Washington D.C. chanting "Shame, shame, shame" for his support of the notorious anti-LGBTQ law known as House Bill 2. Are we really at the point in the crumbling of our Democracy in which the right to free speech exercised by protestors is criminalized, while the right to bear any sort of automatic gun is legal? Is the word "shame" more feared by a Republican ex-Governor than a bullet? The citizens in Washington D.C. last week protesting former Governor Pat McCrory were exercising their constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression. To criminalize such expression by characterizing it as "retaliation" or "intimidation" is not only unconstitutional, it also has the ugly appearance of a bold effort of the NC GOP to subvert our democratic political process and strip the people of their ability to hold elected officials to account. Dan Bishop's duties as NC Senator are to "support the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution of the State of North Carolina". In accordance with the oath he has taken, and the Constitutions he has sworn to uphold, we petition Senator Dan Bishop to desist from introducing any legislation that would criminalize free speech in the State of North Carolina.
Petition to Ted N.C. Wilson, Karnik Doukmetzian, Todd R. McFarland, Dionne A. Rowe, Carol Rasmussen
President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists: Stop Asking Courts to Imprison Creation Seventh Day Adventists
We, the undersigned, hereby declare that we understand the Creation 7th Day & Adventist Church to be a separate and distinct organization from the Seventh-day Adventist Church denomination. We are not confused as to their respective identities. We further demand that the Seventh-day Adventist Church immediately cease requesting contempt of court and the imprisonment of Creation Seventh Day Adventists for the use of the name of their religion and stop all such litigation. We demand that the Seventh-day Adventist Church act in accordance with the principles of religious liberty and freedom of conscience, and we protest the use of civil power to coerce this or any group to cease using what they believe to be a God-given name.
Petition to Audrey Borling, Jacquelin Arroyo, Michael Milkie, Mark Hamstra, Tyson Kane
Remove Adao's and other students' disciplinary punishments - Wikipedia post
Adao Mahmud’s suspension and all students that were given 4 demerits should be immediately lifted and erased from their record on PowerSchool. The multiple students disciplined in this matter, both that were suspended and given detentions, are unnecessarily put at risk of walking across the stage during graduation. This “offense” is not worth losing their right to walk. It will be a disgraceful slap in the face to those students, especially when you weigh all of their hard-earned work over the past four years at Noble versus reacting to a post on social media. These disciplinary procedures have may Noble schools an insufferable echo-chamber of cruel punishments under the guise of rational discipline. Please consider advocating for the reversal of their punishments and a change to the way schools conduct themselves in scenarios like Adao’s. Please read my full letter to the Noble educators and affected students below. ----------- An open letter to the faculty at UIC College Prep, It has come to my attention that a student, Adao Mahmud, was suspended for a picture he posted on social media earlier this week. It was a harmless picture that he simply posted for noting a change in UICCP’s Wikipedia page. He did not change it himself, nor does UICCP have any proof that he did. Yet Mrs. Jacquelin Arroyo, Dean of Discipline, still made the decision to suspend him for it. Even more disturbing, all students who reacted to the post on social media were given 4 demerits. The students involved claim they were being “disrespectful” to the school for posting/reacting. Adao’s learning opportunities were disrupted for one day when UICCP decided to suspend him. In their own Student Code of Conduct, Noble states that students are suspended for 1-3 days “When a student’s (who commits an act of gross misconduct) presence poses a threat to school safety, and/or disruption to other students’ learning opportunities.” Does UICCP see Adao’s innocent post as gross misconduct? Does it pose a threat to school safety? Is he disrupting other students’ learning opportunities? The only crime I see here is Adao hurting UICCP’s feelings. That’s not a suspension-worthy reason. Here’s another list of offenses that UICCP sees equal to Adao’s post that is worthy of a minimum one-day suspension: -Arson -Possession, use, intoxication, distribution, or sale of alcohol or illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia or look-alike item -Fighting/Battery -Gang-related or group organized disruptive activity -Theft, robbery, or extortion -Threats, harassment, bullying or hazing of staff or students including sexual harassment and threats on the internet -Vandalism or damage of school or community property including hacking into or disrupting network technology systems -Possession of weapons/dangerous objects Do you really expect us to believe that Adao’s post was as serious as those offenses? Not in a million years. The only reason UICCP can give for suspending Adao is listed as “disrespect on the internet” but even then, he was simply bringing focus to an edit that was made on the school’s Wikipedia. I see his action similar to that of an investigative journalist simply shining light on an irregularity. I am a firm believer and supporter of our nation’s sacred constitution, including the First Amendment, and although not all of our constitutional rights apply the same in charter school, UICCP does not have to stoop to a dictatorial level when it comes to disciplining students and monitoring their social media accounts. It’s downright disturbing and unfair. I make this case not to complain to your faculty, but to call everyone to action. The multiple students disciplined in this matter, both that were suspended and given detentions, are unnecessarily put at risk of walking across the stage during graduation. This “offense” is not worth losing their right to walk. It will be a disgraceful slap in the face to those students, especially when you weigh all of their hard-earned work over the past four years at Noble versus reacting to a post on social media. UICCP faulty are known for their dirty, corrupt, and borderline illegal methods for punishing students. It's known around campus that UICCP disciplinary officials have contracted students to confidentially turn in other peers. In return, the students that report to the disciplinary officials get multiple detentions removed from their record. How is that even allowed in the Nobel Network? Adao’s suspension and all students that were given 4 demerits should be immediately lifted and erased from their record on PowerSchool. I call on all Noble educators to stand up for their students when Noble disciplinaries goes too far. These disciplinary procedures have may Noble schools an insufferable echo-chamber of cruel punishments under the guise of rational discipline. Please consider advocating for the reversal of their punishments and a change to the way schools conduct themselves in scenarios like Adao’s. For any students that would be courageous enough to pledge their support for Adao and the affected students, please sign this petition that will be directly sent to Michael Milkie, Mark Hamstra, Audrey Borling, and Jacquelin Arroyo: Sincerely, Joel Valdez, UICCP Class of 2017
Petition to John Moolenaar
Help the students of Midland Public Schools by unblocking Poptropica!
It's an outrage, and a true atrocity that the students of Midland Public Schools in Midland, MI can't access the educational material that is so vital to receiving a complete, well-rounded education. By blocking Poptropica, the Administration of MPS has single-handedly slaughtered the futures of its own students. With colleges becoming more competitive, it is easy to see that the students are losing an edge with the restriction to access such powerful educational materials such as Poptropica. We the students of MPS, know that one simple fix could reverse this all. UNBLOCK POPTROPICA!
Petition to Donald Trump, Malcolm Kelley, Tony Oller
Change the National Anthem to Classic by MKTO
We want the US government to change the national anthem of the United States of America to Classic by MKTO instead of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. The Star-Spangled banner is NOT a bad song, but it isn't great either. A song that would be better fitted to be the national anthem of the United States, is Classic by MKTO. Classic is a song that ages incredibly well, one that will never get old, and serves as a testament to the American people. We believe that it is fair to replace the old, boring national anthem with a new, timeless classic. Also, it hopefully will reunite MKTO. Other Acceptable Anthems ‘I want it that way’ - Backstreet Boys ”Tonight Tonight” - Hot Chel Rae ”Beautiful Girls” - Sean Kingston We need you help to help better our nation, and to help make sure that the impact that MKTO has had on the world is remembered forever. Together we can make a difference.
Petition to Essex County College Board of Trustees, Rev. Guyton, Jeweline Grimes, Anthony Munroe, Jeff Lee, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., I Cruz, J Maceri, J L Wright, A C Lewis, C Morales, J Zarra
REINSTATE PROFESSOR LISA DURDEN! EQUALITY FOR ADJUNCTS!
#ReinstateProfessorLisaDurden to her position as adjunct professor at Essex County College IMMEDIATELY! ABOUT THE CASELisa Durden, producer, filmmaker, media commentator and professor, appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on June 6th. Carlson insulted her repeatedly (“demented, separatist, Nazi”) for defending the Black Lives Matter movement’s right to have Black only safe space event for Memorial Day. Professor Durden succinctly and cogently defended her principled position and exposed Tucker’s white male fragility for what it was -- a childish tantrum. Less than 48 hours later, Professor Lisa Durden was summarily suspended by Essex County College (ECC), where she teaches media and effective speech. Without union representation at the meeting, ECC administrators told her that she was suspended because of her appearance on Fox News. She was told to leave the building and not return. Instead of defending Professor Durden’s right to free speech and congratulating her on standing up to racism and sexism, the administration at the Predominantly Black Institution chose to effectively fire this accomplished media professional and educator. Professor Lisa Durden is a lifelong Newark, NJ resident who has given her time and expertise generously to the youth of the city. She has provided highly competitive internships in New York media for Essex County College students for a decade. She was recently honored by the City of Newark for her outstanding work in media with women and young people. Professor Durden has braved racist death threats from the alt right movement to speak truth to power on national television. Why is Essex County College firing a beloved professor for exercising her First Amendment right? In Trump’s America are Black Women professors not allowed the right to free speech? We demand that Professor Lisa Durden be reinstated to her position and given her full course load (12 credits per semester teaching Mass Communications and Effective Speech classes) that she was assigned for the full 2017/2018 academic year. We demand equality for adjunct, contingent and junior faculty in pay and treatment. Nationwide, higher education administrations have created an apartheid system, paying themselves grandiose salaries of $200,000+ while junior, contingent and adjunct faculty are paid peanuts. Adjunct faculty are often forced to sleep in their cars and go on food stamps because they cannot survive the poverty wages and insecure, short term, “at will” employment that colleges force on them. Administrators pit adjunct and full time faculty against each other and use their disgusting treatment of adjunct labor to scare full time faculty into submission. This diminishes the quality of education for students, even as their tuition skyrockets. We demand full equality in pay and treatment among adjunct, contract and full-time, tenured faculty!