Petition to CITY OF MIAMI COMMISSION, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Commission, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, Florida State Legislature, Rick Scott, Bal Harbour Village Council, Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman, Surfside Town Commission, Surfside Mayor Daniel Dietch, Miami Beach City Commission, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber
#TIMESUP: IMPOVERISHED WOMEN AND CHILDREN NEED SHELTER
Tell our government officials – more funding for emergency shelter and supportive services for women and children is needed! Violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women. Women young and old, who are homeless and alone, survive by being invisible. Staying awake through the night out of fear, they sleep on buses and in airports, hospitals, abandoned buildings, backyards and alleyways in a desperate attempt to find shelter each night without being detected. They are forced to bathe in public restrooms and eat from garbage cans to go unnoticed. But of course, they cannot hide forever, especially from predators. Physically vulnerable, women and youth without a place to stay are at heightened risk of sexual assault, human trafficking and violence in its many forms. All too often, impoverished women and their children are forced to remain in abusive relationships, because they lack a safe place to go. Tonight, hundreds of women and children in our community need supportive emergency shelter and supports to take back their lives. And yet, Lotus House, one of the largest shelters in the country for women and children, is forced to leave more than 150 beds empty tonight, because we lack sufficient funding. Please sign the petition to urge our government officials to provide more funding for life saving supportive shelter at Lotus House! Lotus House currently shelters 400 women and children nightly in our new home, Lotus Village, with additional capacity to shelter up to 550. 95% of the women we shelter report histories of violence, many starting with victimization as children. This includes the following harrowing statistics: *72% of our mothers report a history of domestic violence, sexual assault or violent crime. *67% of mothers report being sexually molested, abused or neglected in their childhoods – because violence against women is intergenerational. Shelters must be trauma-informed and address the unique needs of women and their children who have survived violence in order to break the cycle. This requires the supports that Lotus House provides: intensive child and family therapies, access to physical, medical, dental, and mental health care, educational assistance, job readiness training, child care, even arts and activities, so women and children can heal and rebuild their lives. Without money to help fund these beds and supportive services, women and children will be forced to continue to survive by being invisible, suffering violence, abuse, hunger, mental health issues and continued homelessness. Please sign this petition and let our government officials know it is time to step forward, show they care by providing more funding for this important resource for women and children who are victims of violence. You can make a difference by sponsoring a woman or child at Lotus House for just $9 a month. Learn more about Lotus House and how you can help. (Donations to Sundari Foundation, Inc. dba Lotus House are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRC 501c3 (Lotus House tax id # 81-0652266). A copy of the official registration and financial information (Lotus House #CH17660) filed with the State of Florida may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 800-436-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.)
Petition to Martha Roby
Support New Legislation to Protect Children from Abuse Across State Lines
My wife and I are working on a bill proposal to close the gap in child abuse protection between states. When we finish, we will submit it to Congresswoman Martha Roby in hopes that she will introduce the bill in Congress. Right now, there is no federal law to mandate that a state will recognize child abuse investigation findings from another state. If your child has to travel to visit a parent in a different state, their protection is limited if that parent abuses them during visitation. We firmly believe that if the child's home state concludes that they are being abused during visitation, the other state should honor that conclusion and protect that child from forced visitations. If such a law had existed, our daughter would not currently be ordered to spend 92 unsupervised overnight visits a year with her abuser. Backstory: Imagine if your three-year-old daughter came home from daycare and told you that she had been sexually abused. After finding out, imagine that you take her to be interviewed by state child protective services, and they confirm that the abuse took place. The next step would certainly include never taking her back there, and most likely filing a lawsuit to ensure that the person who did that would never have the access to abuse any child in the future. Unfortunately, my wife and I have gone through a similar circumstance with some shocking differences. In our story, the "daycare" is her biological father's house in Florida, and perhaps most shocking is that for over a year we have been legally forced to keep dropping her off to her abuser for overnight visits. Her abuser has had no legal consequences in Florida resulting from his actions, despite the tireless efforts of ourselves and multiple organizations thus far. What about the police? The abuser refused to answer any police questions because in his own words he was "scared to go to jail." As told by the assistant state attorney when he failed to issue an arrest warrant, many child abuse cases fail to go before the court because the testimony of a child alone is often not enough to convict an abuser in a criminal case. How could this happen? That is a common question we get when telling our story. It has become an interstate issue. Alabama child protective services concluded that the abuse happened, and placed him on their central registry for offenders. The US Army also reviewed the findings, concluded that there was sufficient evidence that the abuse occurred, and placed him on their internal offender registry. However, in Florida's mind, nothing happened because their child protective services found no evidence. If Alabama and the US Army found evidence of abuse, why didn't Florida find any evidence? When our daughter was three, she told an Alabama interviewer about the abuse, which was enough for the state and the US Army to conclude that it happened. Being unfamiliar with Alabama investigation procedures, the Florida judge ignored what our daughter disclosed and forced her to resume unsupervised overnight visits at her abuser's apartment. Since then, Florida has interviewed her multiple times, but after going back with her abuser, she has been coached by him not to talk to investigators about what happens because "it's not nice to tell." She also told us of his plans to "fight" us. Now she is five, and she continues to tell us about her ongoing abuse. Why can't Florida just watch the original interview from Alabama? States don't recognize evidence from other states even if the out of state interviewer has more experience or credentials.
Petition to Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House, Illinois State House, Illinois State Senate, Maine State House, Maine State Senate
Abolish the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault
The historic trial of Bill Cosby for his acts of sexual violence took place this month. While more than 60 women have spoken out against him, Cosby only faced trial for the criminal violence he committed against a single woman. The law that exists preventing many survivors from prosecuting Cosby for the crimes perpetrated against them is a law that still exists in 30 states including Maine, Illinois, Connecticut, and Minnesota. Cosby survivor and artist Lili Bernard shares her story: "In the early 1990s, Bill Cosby mentored me as I prepared for my guest-starring role on The Cosby Show. After he had won my complete trust and adoration, he drugged me and raped me. When I told him that I would report him to the police, he threatened serious consequences to my life. In 1992, during our last contact, he said to me, “As far as I’m concerned, Bernard, you’re dead. Do you hear me? You’re dead, Bernard. You don’t exist.” I interpreted that as a death threat and feared for my life. In the spring of 2015, empowered by dozens of brave women who publicly disclosed the abuse they suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby, I finally shed the fear and filed a police report against him in the state of New Jersey, in which an assault occurred. However, despite the evidence I saved and the witnesses willing to testify on my behalf, Cosby could not be considered for prosecution because the assault occurred a few months outside of the statute of limitations." Statutes of limitations on rape and sexual assaults are a predator’s best friend and a victim’s worst nightmare. An overwhelming amount of sexual violence -- an estimated 63% -- goes unreported and a pervasive rape culture is responsible. As we work to reduce the impact of social silencing mechanisms, we must dually eliminate laws that bar many sexual assault survivors from seeking the justice they deserve. The election to the highest office in our country of Donald J. Trump - a known sexual predator - cast a great shadow over justice for survivors of sexual assault. It is incumbent upon us all, now more than ever, to take real action to show our country’s most vulnerable that we stand with them. In September 2016, California became the 20th state to abolish the timeline for reporting rape and sexual assault. The bill - which does not change the burden of evidence required to press charges - passed the Senate and Assembly unanimously before being signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Senator Connie Leyva, who filed the bill, said that it "shows victims and survivors that California stands behind them, that we see rape as a serious crime, that victims can come forward and that justice now has no time limit.” Senator Leyva was recently recognized by the California Women’s Law Center for her work on the legislation. Elected Representatives - if there is one thing you could do to push back against the rape culture further enabled by the current White House administration, it would be to ensure that justice is served in your state. Abolish the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault in your state, and ensure that every survivor has a chance at justice in our legal system. Justice knows no time limit.
Petition to Truckee Meadows Community College, The GEO Group
Fire Joel Hunter for sexually harassing students
Joel Hunter was fired from Arizona State University in 2014 for taking sexual advantage of an underage student whom he provided alcohol. When his victim filed a complaint and shared her story, more victims came forward with similar stories of grooming and sexual harassment by Hunter, who is prone to sending sexually explicit emails and text messages to and about his students. News outlets Fox 10, Phoenix New Times, and The State Press (2) covered Hunter's behavior and termination, featuring his name, photo, and an anonymous interview with one of his victims. In spite of a public history of sexual misconduct, Hunter was hired by two Maricopa Community Colleges, Truckee Meadows Community College, and the GEO Group, Inc. This is incredibly dangerous considering Hunter's demonstrated pattern of exploiting his power as teacher to sexually harass and abuse students. When colleges hire professors with histories of sexual misconduct, it is no different from when high schools and churches “pass the trash” and hire teachers and priests accused of sexual abuse at previous institutions. Maricopa Community Colleges has removed Hunter from teaching positions at South Mountain and Estella Mountain Community Colleges in light of our petition, and we hope Truckee Meadows and the GEO Group will make the same decision to protect their students. Read more: TMCC professor was fired from Arizona State University after misconduct allegations – Reno Gazette Journal This is how professors accused of sexual misconduct go back to teaching – Babe.net
Petition to Herman Miller
Herman Miller Diversity- Please help us support Women !! #TimeIsUp
Herman Miller Diversity Herman Miller (MLHR) is the largest manufacturer of corporate Office Furniture in the U.S. In 2018, the company generated $2.38 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people BUT less than 1% of their dealers are Native American or LGBT, Asian American, Hispanic, African American, Women. Women represent over 51% of U.S. Inclusion of all minorities represent the backbone of our economy and community. It is time for Herman Miller to include women & other minorities into their dealer network. #TimeIsUp ! Please sign, even anonymously, this petition asking Herman Miller to increase from single digit to 20% inclusion of women and other minorities dealers across the United States. It only takes 5 seconds to make a big difference !! Thank you, Sally #DiversityandInclusion #hermanmillerdiversity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRk5s-kClOg Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol MLHR Herman Miller is the main furniture supplier for #Apple #Google #Microsoft, #Amazon #Salesforce #Oracle #GoldmanSachs #JPMorganChase #Wells-Fargo #Nasdaq #NYSE #Blackrock #AIG #NBC #Disney #Universal #hbo #netflix #facebook #harvarduniversity #yale #MLHR herman miller, aeron chair, eames lounge, noguchi table, andiowen hermanmiller andiowenhermanmiller hermanmillerfurniture womenequality womenrights womeninclusion peta humanrights equality diversity metoo timeisup #timesup #metoo #hermanmiller
Petition to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh
Stop Retaliation Against Women Who Report Discrimination at UCLA
Dr. Sandra Koch is a dedicated scientist in neurobiology who is at risk of losing her research position at UCLA after daring to report pregnancy discrimination. While working as a Postdoctoral Scholar in 2017, Sandra told her then-boss that she was pregnant - and was promptly told to leave. Determined to continue her research, Sandra brought the matter to UCLA’s Title IX office, and also worked with her union to file a grievance, which eventually resulted in a settlement that allowed her to continue her research in a different lab under a different faculty supervisor. However, in a shocking and blatant show of retaliation, UCLA notified Sandra that her postdoctoral position must end on June 30. This is despite her current supervisor fighting to keep Sandra in his lab, and despite her having secured funding from an external source. It is unacceptable that UCLA has continuously failed to protect researchers, teachers, and students from discrimination and abuse. The culture of institutional tolerance and acceptance towards discrimination against women, people of color, and other marginalized groups is a shameful stain on the reputation of UCLA and the UC system. Together, we demand that UCLA prevents this gross injustice that serves no purpose other than to further punish a postdoc who dared to speak up about discrimination. We call on Chancellor Block and UCLA leadership to continue Sandra Koch’s postdoc appointment and to stop perpetuating the culture of retaliation against employees who have the courage to speak up against discrimination. Join us by signing this petition! Anke Schennink, UAW 5810 President Alli Carlisle, UAW 2865 Southern Vice-President Marissa Ochsner, UAW 2865 Recording Secretary Yunyi Li, UAW 2865 UCLA Unit Chair Naomi Goldenson, UAW 5810 UCLA Unit Chair Christina Priest, Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810
Petition to The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Dear UNL: Address the Systemic Mishandling of Sexual Misconduct Complaints
Dear UNL is a diverse group of undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and allies advocating for systemic and cultural change within UNL’s Title IX office and beyond. By sharing their individual experiences, the group has exposed a continuous pattern of mistreatment, which has led to extreme inequities disproportionately affecting victims of sexual misconduct. The group’s goal is to hold UNL – particularly its Title IX office – to a higher standard. In order to improve this critical on-campus service and ensure its functions meet established guidelines, the group is now calling upon UNL to address its overall lack of accountability, transparency, and trauma-informed approach. Your support is essential to the group’s mission of ensuring that UNL is an inclusive and supportive campus, where all students, faculty, and staff can truly benefit from the activities, programs, and opportunities afforded by the University. You can support Dear UNL by following, liking, and sharing the group's online content or by signing this petition, which calls on UNL to act upon the following demands: Demand One: ACCOUNTABILITY Accountability in the form of creating an Oversight Committee for the reporting process that prioritizes student and survivor feedback about how UNL addresses and responds to sexual misconduct cases and to provide a set of checks and balances for the Title IX office. Demand Two: TRANSPARENCY More transparency in the execution of Title IX processes, along with the processes of all other relevant campus departments, including but not limited to University Health Center, University Police Department, Residential Life, and Student Conduct and Community Standards. Demand Three: STAFFING Additional staff must be hired in order to handles cases of sexual misconduct and expand current resources for survivors. Demand Four: SURVIVOR SUPPORT A stronger investment is needed into the support of survivors of sexual misconduct at UNL, including the expansion of survivor accommodations/modifications and support resources. Demand Five: TRAINING A more comprehensive, trauma-informed training program for all persons involved in the Title IX process so that they have an adequate understanding of the dynamics of sexual misconduct, the effects of trauma, and how to interact with survivors. You can find more information about the group, its mission, and its interactions with the University administration at DearUNL.com, including our full list of demands.
Petition to American Medical Association
Call on the AMA to recommend policies that protect patients in comas and vegetative states
An Apache woman in a vegetative state for 14-years just gave birth at the Hacienda HealthCare clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. There’s absolutely no way she could have consented to intercourse. Staff didn’t even know she was pregnant until she was effectively giving birth. Due to disabilities, she's been at this facility for the majority of her life. Her family is devastated and outraged that their daughter was raped at a facility intended to care for her unique needs. The facility is doing genetic testing on male staff to find the father, and requiring male staff be accompanied by a female staff member when dealing with patients. These actions after the fact cannot take away that a woman in a coma was raped and gave birth at this facility. Women in vegetative states shouldn’t be violated. Tell the American Medical Association (AMA) to create policy recommendations that protect patients in vegetative states and comas from sexual assault and rape. Noticeably absent is America’s largest medical association. The AMA has no policies requiring male staff be accompanied by female staff when dealing with coma patients. Coma patients and those in vegetative states are uniquely vulnerable to sexual assault. Tell the AMA to create recommendations for policies that put coma patients first - protect coma patients from rape. The AMA should create policies for facilities to follow if they are caring for patients in comas or vegetative states. Those policies could include: requiring male staff be accompanied by female staff, and monitoring who goes in and out of patient rooms through sign in sheets and cameras. These patients can’t speak for themselves. Tell the AMA to protect patients in vegetative states and comas. This woman is not alone. Other women who have been in comas for half a decade or more have been impregnated at facilities in Massachusetts and New York as well. Coma patients and patients in vegetative states shouldn’t be put into situations that allow them to be violated by caretakers or visitors. Tell the AMA to create a guiding policy that keeps these patients safe.