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Petition to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson: Starbucks LGBTQ partners deserve equal parental leave

My name is Niko, I’m a proud Starbucks partner of almost 7 years (this August).  A big reason why I went to work for Starbucks was because of their inclusiveness of the LGBTQ community. I am a transgender male and Starbucks is a place that I, and my LGBTQ friends who also work for the company, can be authentic. Starbucks has demonstrated its inclusivity to the LGBTQ community in so many ways - a big one is their health care package, which includes coverage for surgeries deemed "cosmetic" by other companies, such as gender reassignment surgery. Starbucks healthcare package also offers fertility treatments and they provide support for adoption services. Because of their public commitment to non-traditional families, I was surprised to learn that the paid leave offered to partners does not extend to fathers or adoptive parents. Earlier this year, a new parental leave policy was announced in Starbucks corporate, granting birth mothers 18 weeks of paid leave, and fathers/partners and adoptive parents 12 weeks of paid leave to bond with the new additions to their families. However, in-store employees are not given the same courtesy, as birth mothers are only given 6 weeks, while fathers/partners and adoptive parents are left with nothing. This leaves a large community of Starbucks partners, including the LGBTQ partners who are starting families, in tough situations because they have to take unpaid leave in order to care for their families. Starbucks is an inspiring company, and they set the bar high in the area of inclusion of all types of people. In order to continue to create new standards for companies in the service industry, I am asking Starbucks to continue to show leadership in these areas and offer equal access to paid parental leave to all parents, not just those that work in the corporate office.   -- Niko, Starbucks shift lead in Los Angeles, CA

Niko and PL+US
29,957 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Brian Breslin, John Engler, Bill Schuette

#DefundMSU: Please End Michigan State University's Entrenched Culture of Abuse NOW!

We are asking MSU’s FUNDERS—including foundations, corporations, and major donors like Eli Broad, to WITHHOLD donations—until the university makes the people whom it has damaged in the past, whole—and verifiably transforms MSU's toxic victim-blaming culture. READ ON TO LEARN HOW MUCH MORE THAN LARRY NASSAR MSU HAS COVERED UP IN THE PAST... Larry Nassar's abuse was POSSIBLE because MSU's Crisis Playbook is to: 1) HIDE PROBLEMS, and then 2) ATTACK VICTIMS IF THEY SPEAK OUT. During past potential PR Crises, MSU has: 1. WASTED taxpayer dollars by building a privacy wall and patio door for a Residence Life Director who was serially pursuing sexual relations with students in the building he managed—rather than fire him. That was years before Larry Nassar... 2. DISSOLVED a student government and stolen its funds—because members were requesting an overhaul of services in the Graduate Hall. (That involved a banking crime and a felony—and it was enabled by an MSU Vice President). 3. FAILED to protect students when a survey found that yet another Residence Life Hall Director was seeking out sexual liaisons with multiple students in her building—while also keeping NO regular office hours. 4. FAILED to intervene in a student SUICIDE ATTEMPT of which ADMINISTRATORS HAD BEEN WARNED--then COVERED-UP their negligence. (Same building / staff where the students wanted improved services!). 5. CRIMINALLY MISUSED the MSU judicial system as a KANGAROO COURT against student government activists when they sought changes in that facility's staffing, because they didn't want to see another person jump off a 5th floor balcony. (We sought an on-site mental health counselor, an additional night security person, and improved cross-cultural programming--logical things in a building with stressed-out graduate students, and the plan we presented would have saved $100,000 per year). 6. THREATENED to OUT the author of this petition as gay if he didn’t STOP talking about problems like these publicly. (I persisted). Lawyers would call this behavior "simple extortion," BTW. 7. THREATENED to also out my friend as LGBT when using my LGBT status against me didn't work! (This worked far TOO well, as I became clinically depressed and accumulated $100,000 in student loan debt).  8. USED MSU's "Judicial System" to silence my friend using a trumped-up charge of racism. (That ALSO worked FAR too well. He became clinically depressed and dropped out of school after accumulating $40,000 in student loan debt).9. FAILED to provide ANY degree oversight  when my friend and I became deeply depressed by MSU's actions. Neither of us were able to rapidly seek help in the counseling center--because it was overseen by the SAME university Vice President who stole student government funds and used the MSU Judicial System to cover his own gross negligence. 10. Despite the fact that neither of us was making degree progress, MSU processed student loan paperwork that certified we were making degree progress. Both our departments and the financial aid office had to do so. (That enriched MSU by $140,000 in the process). This is negligent oversight of federal funds.  I have written about these issues to EVERY MSU President since John DiBiaggio--and ALL have failed to undo the damage. Some, like Gordon Guyer and Lou Anna Simon were complicit in its happening. John Engler has not responded since February, 2018.                   IN A CULTURE LIKE THIS, LARRY NASSAR THRIVES... It’s time to make a clean break with the past.  We ask that Michigan State University please: 1. OWN the fact that you have a longstanding, entrenched problem at MSU.  2. DON'T claim Sovereign Immunity and Statute of Limitations exceptions regarding the students, gymnasts, and others who have been injured due to MSU’s actions (and inaction). SETTLE all valid claims of damage—and STOP blaming the victims. 3. Require periodic sexual harassment and ethical conduct training for all MSU faculty and staff. 4. Ask each candidate in your current Presidential search how they will transform MSU into the university it should be. This isn’t a philosophical question—ask them for their plan. When MSU has taken these steps, we will retract our demand that all of MSU’s funders an donors withhold their contributions from State But for long as there is inaction, we will be circulating this petition to all of Michigan State University’s funders, alumni, and major donors. Yours Respectfully and Hopefully, M.J. Furey, III & The Many Concerned Signers Below...

Martin Furey
116 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Hawaii State House, Hawaii Governor, Hawaii State Senate

Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors in Hawai'i

Currently in the Aloha State, conversion therapy for minors is legal. Conversion therapy is the barbaric "therapy" treatment aimed at converting lesbians and gays  to heterosexuality as well as transgender individuals to the gender they were miss-assigned at birth. Such treatments are and have been criticized as a form of pseudoscience and torture. By banning conversion therapy for minors will help ensure that LGBT youth know that their sexual orientation and/or gender identity are fine just the way they are and there is nothing to "fix". Here are the side effects from conversion therapy:Depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, hostility and blame toward parents, increased self-hatred, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in sexual and emotional intimacy, sexual dysfunction, high-risk sexual behaviors, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, a loss of faith, and a sense of having wasted time and resources. We need Hawai'i to join the other states that have banned conversion therapy. Those laws are court tested and U.S. Supreme Court approved! The American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of Social Workers have all come out against conversion therapy. This is why we are asking the Hawai'i State Legislature to ban conversion therapy for minors. 

Michael Golojuch Jr
33,722 supporters