Petition to Manchester Arena, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council
Rename Manchester Arena
After the tragic events of May 22nd. Manchester Arena will never be the same and neither will the people who were there. We should change the name of the arena so not only the victims and survivors but so everyone feels safe. A concert is a place to feel safe and for me 'Manchester Arena' isn't a safe place for me anymore. Changing the name would be one of the first major steps in starting fresh whilst keeping the victims and survivors of May 22nd in the heart of the arena
Petition to City Eiendom AS
Keep Garage Bergen and Music alive!
Iconic Bergen music venue Garage in fear of being shut down.Long story short - the venue’s been open for 28 years, providing the city with amazing music from local bands and artists, as well as touring bands from across the world. A few years back, the landlord decided to open up a hotel above the venue, and stated that the venue would have to run the hotel as part of their agreement to let. After a while, the landlord also decided part of the deal should also be for the venue to renovate the hotel, which they again agreed to, to keep peace and for the venue to run smoothly - the building work begun. Mid renovation, the venue learns from the fire department that the premises aren’t up to fire safety regulations at all, and that the landlord’s should never have opened a hotel there in the first place. Learning this, the venue put their foot down and refused to be part of running the hotel, and this is where it got nasty. The landlord threatened to evict the pub, and put the premises on the market without notifying them, as well as reaching out to the venue’s business partners and sponsors telling them that the venue’s closing down shortly. And this is where we are today, it’s still unclear what will happen - while the owners of the venue are working to keep the it open and their 20 or so employees employed and afloat, the landlord is laying low with their shark like lawyers on the case. Worst case scenario, the venue can be shut down by September 1st. Now, despite being the second biggest city in Norway, Bergen ain’t big, and Garage is the only venue of it’s kind and size, and has become a meeting place for musicians and music lovers from all around town, whether it’s grabbing a beer after work or attending one of their weekly gigs - as well as being the perfect 300 or so capacity venue, big enough for bigger acts, small enough to still be intimate. For Bergen to lose Garage, it would be devastating. The day after Lemmy died, they played Motörhead and Hawkind for nine hours - nine. We cheersed in whiskey and cried to Overkill. It was beautiful, a bunch of strangers coming together to celebrate his life and music at Garage, that sorta thing could only happen at Garage, there’s no other place like it, so please don’t take it away from us.
Petition to Prime Minister Theresa May MP, David Davis MP (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union), Karen Bradley MP (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), Jeremy Corbyn MP (Leader of the Labour Party), Tom Watson MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture), Keir Stamer MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union), Vince Cable MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats), Ian Blackford MP (SNP Westminster Leader), Caroline Lucas MP (Co-leader of the Green Party), Jonathan Bartley (Co-leader of the Green Party)
Ask Government and Parliament to Support Free Movement for Musicians Post-Brexit
Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living. Being able to travel is essential to keep a music career going. Being able to travel easily is equally important as gigs are often organised at short notice. We need free movement to continue for musicians working in the EU, with minimum administrative burdens. Before the European Union, travelling in Europe was tough – it was expensive, heavy on the admin, and time-consuming. Musicians who’ve had to go through the visa process for the United States know how costly and confusing it can be. We don’t want musicians’ rights in the EU to go backwards, and we don’t want music in the EU – or the UK – to be restricted by unnecessary expense or bureaucratic burdens. “Music, and the performing arts more generally, rely on exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities. Music flourishes in an open world with no borders — not a closed-off island that looks inward on itself” – MU General Secretary, and founder member of Darts, Horace Trubridge. Over 100 MPs and Peers have committed to protecting musicians’ right to move freely and easily in the European Union (EU) after Brexit. Let’s show the Government, MPs and Peers that they must support musicians working in the EU. The Musicians’ Union is made up of over 30,000 musicians across the UK. Our members are already writing to their MPs asking them to support our pledge, and sharing their experiences of working in the EU across social media using the hashtag #WorkingInTheEU. Please add your voice to our call. Sign and share the petition #WorkingInTheEU. Stay up to date! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook and keep an eye on theMU.org/Brexit for our latest campaign news.
Petition to Theresa May MP, NHS, Caroline Dinenage MP, Department of Health, Stephen Barclay MP, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Matt Hancock MP
Eating Disorders are not just about weight #dumpthescales
Having being hospitalised and on the brink of death from anorexia once before, when I relapsed in 2016 I was terrified of ending up in hospital again. Getting to that point where I would lose control. That relentless anorexic voice nagging at me day in and day out.After four months of battling with that voice in my head I decided it was time I reached out for help. I referred myself and got an appointment at an Eating Disorder Unit in London only to be told “I wasn’t thin enough for support”.I left the appointment not sure what to do, all I had wanted was someone to talk to, someone to take my relapse seriously and to give me some help. I felt like a fake. A hypocrite. The month that followed was a mess. I couldn’t shake that anorexic voice that was slowly destroying me again, making me feel suicidal, taking over my every waking moment. One evening I sat at the train station for hours and just wanted to give up on life altogether. I remember thinking about how much better life would be for everyone if I wasn’t here. Something stopped me that evening ending my life altogether and I had this realisation that if I wasn’t thin enough for treatment I would have to manage this on my own. My story isn’t unique but a daily occurrence for people with all eating disorders who are seeking treatment. When asked to imagine someone suffering with an eating disorder, most will imagine a stick thin, gaunt looking girl. But this is not the reality of eating disorders. People with eating disorders are currently not getting a fair deal in society. Despite the guidance too often individuals are turned away from receiving essential support because they aren’t skinny enough to be considered at risk. This leaves the individual feeling like they aren’t worth getting that support, feeling like a “fake”, potentially losing more weight to hit that target and in some cases feeling suicidal. This is why I’m calling on the government to review the eating disorder guidance delivered by clinicians. We know that early diagnosis is a critical element in the success of treatment for eating disorders and by the time 'obvious' signs of eating disorders have manifested, it is likely that the illness will have become ingrained in the individual, and therefore much more difficult to treat. If we want to prevent people getting more unwell, save the NHS money, prevent hospital admission and save lives we need to have this review and ensure that we get full implementation of the clinical guidance around diagnosis. The guidelines are right but these are not being uniformly implemented across the nation to the detriment of thousands of people daily. It is time we stopped waiting for people to hit crisis point before offering them support. We need to be able to make sure that people with eating disorders are getting the right support in a timely manner. With 1.25 million people in the UK living with an eating disorder we can’t afford to wait any longer the time to act is now. #DumpTheScales
Petition to Sadiq Khan
British Heritages Plaque request to recognise COVENT GARDEN was the British Hip Hop Hub
There is a growing problem in London Youth Killings. What we hope to achieve with this Petition, is to document an historic period which holds great ethical value, when bad blood was expressed on the dance floors or Walls. A Collective of Talented Individuals who went on to become part of the Trailblazers and commerce for the British Industry as well as Europe, with the use of this Art-Culture- Music-Hip Hop. A blend of a culture’s story before the Post Code Wars.
Petition to MAC Cosmetics, Amy Winehouse Foundation, Estee Lauder
To release an "Amy Winehouse x MAC" Limited Edition Makeup Collection #AmyWinehouseForMAC
As an enormous Amy Winehouse fan since Christmas Day 2007, I was absolutely devastated to learn that a beautiful, talented, young girl, who once lived up the road from me in Southgate, north London, had died four years later of alcohol poisoning at the tragic age of 27, in July 2011. Two months after her untimely death, her family set up a charity called The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aims to help young and vulnerable people worldwide with addictions. This has proved that Amy’s legacy has been amazingly powering since she passed away and she is continuing to save lives. But now, I have a petition to get my idol; Amy Winehouse her own limited edition make-up line with M.A.C Cosmetics in her honour, because I feel that it would be an amazing thing to stamp her legacy and I believe allot of people would be interested in purchasing this dedicated line, especially in the UK. I chose to collaborate this petition with M.A.C Cosmetics, because their brand is very well known, very affordable, good quality and are very notable for doing rememberable collaborations with many people and themes. After noticing numerous female pop stars; Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beth Ditto, Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande & Lady Gaga, as well as late singers; Selena and Aaliyah have had their own collections, I instantly thought to myself "Amy must have one too! How can she not have one yet?! She is one of the biggest fashion icons of our time!". I want all of Amy's fans to all come together with me on this campaign, so we can have the power to reintroduce Amy's outstandingly iconic 60's style to the world through her own make-up line in her memory. Excluding her music for now, Amy Winehouse's highly known retro image alone inspires so many looks and trends today and has had a massive impact in women, as well as the society we live in. As many of you may not know, a year before Amy died, she collaborated with Fred Perry in 2010 and released her own clothing line and proved to be very popular. If this worked, I can definitely see a M.A.C Cosmetics make-up line working which would really please all her fans across the world, as well as other young women. Amy had a short career and only released two albums in her brief time with us and has already had a massive impact in the world we live in. I think Amy Winehouse fans would love this concept and think it's an amazing idea to keep her memory alive in a positive way. I can see this collection having seven to ten make-up products inspired by past looks of Amy (photoshoots, music videos, award ceremonies etc.) and perhaps even taking inspiration from her actual make-up bag. Each product could be named after a song of hers; including lip-glosses, lip-sticks, perhaps a pink-brownish blush and an eye-shadow palette. And of course not forgetting about her signature eyeliner, the collection could feature two different eye-liner products. Amy Winehouse was very pin-up, old-school & 50/60's looking and very edgy, so the packaging could be simply matte, with a colour of either a shimmery creamy colour or a peachy, pale-pink. Lastly, I noticed Aaliyah's collection was accompanied with a bandana in the PR package, as she was known for her signature 90's style. I was thinking it would be great if this collection could be accompanied with some type of headscarf/bow, to signify her beehive hairdo and Amy's retro character or even a cute tattooed make-up bag to store the makeup products in or a mini matte mirror. In February 2004, Amy herself appeared at the M.A.C Viva Glam Launch Event in London, so I assume that she must have liked M.A.C Cosmetics and must have worn products herself. Even if she did not, I believe that M.A.C would do a great job on replicating the exact products Amy wore. I want to make it clear that if this collection was to come to fruition, I would not want a penny out of this; as I am that dedicated of a fan. Money is the last thing on my mind with this campaign. As a huge fan of her and her family's work, with helping young people reach their full potential, I feel that the proceeds of this potential collection could go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. In October 2018, it was announced that Amy will be returning on stage for a worldwide tour, as a hologram in late 2019, which will give me and the rest of Amy's fans, who did not get to see her live a chance to see what she was like live to celebrate her music and for new generations to discover her - it will be an extremely emotional experience. As it has been written the same month of this revelation, her family also signed a multi-million pound contract to make a biopic film based on Amy's life and production is looking to commence in 2019. This proves that even though our darling Amy is not physically here, her presence still strongly remains. As a fan, I can really see her legacy growing more in the future and I feel that this line would cultivate that and would make sense well with the hologram tour or upcoming movie. Everyone, (not just Amy Winehouse fans), should sign this petition and make it happen, because I think seeing as Amy Winehouse is not here anymore to be giving us new music, or even a make-up line of her own, her legacy must live on, along with the fantastic work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation. I personally feel that an Amy Winehouse inspired make-up line would prove to be very popular and her fans, particularly girls will go mad over this. I can see her smiling up in Heaven about this idea and I feel that she would want me as a fan to go ahead with it and not care what anyone may think of the idea. Massive Amy fans like myself, regular fans or just people who love one Amy song, together, please let us make this work as our gorgeous icon deserves this in her honour! Thank you so much for your time for reading! I love you Amy<3 Michael Elias :) **THIS PETITION IS FULLY SUPPORTED BY AMY'S MOTHER JANIS WINEHOUSE, AMY’S STYLIST; NAOMI PARRY, AMY'S BACKING SINGER's: ZALON & HESHIMA THOMPSON, THE WORLD'S BIGGEST AMY TRIBUTE ACTS; LAURA JANE-BUTLER, FRANKIE JORDAN & KATIE ROBINSON, YOUTUBER'S; BAILEY SARIAN, ROSE SIARD & SAMMY LAZARUS. ASWELL AS THE WORLD'S LARGEST AMY WINEHOUSE FAN BASE AND OTHER FAN PAGES; INCLUDING ALE WINEHOUSE & “FC TROUBLE’’.** **HOWEVER, THIS IS STILL UNDERGOING FOR THE OFFICIAL SANCTIONING FROM AMY’S ESTATE & THE FOUNDATION DUE TO OBLIGATED RULES. HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET ENOUGH SIGNATURES FOR MAC TO CONTACT THIS ESTATE.** **I LASTLY WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THIS IS NOT FOR MONEY PURPOSES AT ALL. I AM SIMPLY JUST A HUGE AMY WINEHOUSE FAN, DEDICATED TO HER IN MY SPARE TIME AND JUST WANTING TO PUSH HER LEGACY FORWARD ALONG WITH OTHER VENTURES THAT ARE HAPPENING. I WOULD WANT MOST/ALL OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS COLLECTION TO GO TOWARDS THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ADDICTION & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.** CHECK OUT HOW TO DO AMY WINEHOUSE MAKE-UP WITH TUTORIAL VIDEOS HERE: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=amy+winehouse+makeup&oq=amy+winehouse+makeup+&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i59j0l4.6295j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8HERE'S HERE IS HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED & HELP MAKE THIS WORK: Go ahead and check out my 'Amy Winehouse For M.A.C' pages on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for exciting make-up comparisons to Amy's iconic looks, as well as make-up product designs by me, who studies Animation at the University of Westminster; FACEBOOK - https://m.facebook.com/Amy-Winehouse-For-MAC-1336518096483295/ TWITTER - https://twitter.com/AmyWinehouseMAC INSTAGRAM - https://www.instagram.com/amywinehouseformac/?hl=en ACTION STEPS: #AMYWINEHOUSEFORMAC Pick your favourite MAC lipstick, lip-gloss, eye-shadow, eye-liner or blush. Take a selfie, post it on Instagram and Twitter, tag @MACcosmetics and most importantly you MUST use the hashtag, #AmyWinehouseForMAC :) - WHAT WE WANT: Your signature and ongoing support WHAT WE NEED: 5,000 signatures OUTCOME: Amy Winehouse x M.A.C Limited Edition Collection “If you don’t throw yourself into something, you never know what you could’ve had.” Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)
Petition to Festival Director
I want to see "Open Mic Dublin - The Movie" at DIFF 2019
Open Mic Dublin - The Movie, already selected for the Irish Film Festival New Jersey 2019, is a exquisite documentary about the exceptionally talented, and mostly unknown, musicians frequenting Dublin's open mic scene. A screening at the Dublin International Film Festival would bring badly needed, and fully deserved, attention to these musicians. These are amazing artists who need to be heard. Unfortunately this film would not be considered commercial enough to attract an audience without any big names. Also, the producers being unknown would also not be considered a big draw. These would be flawed perceptions. The movie is very well made and shares the thoughts and experiences of the 9 open mic hosts and the 22 artists interviewed. It features multiple live performances. We also found the person who started the very first open mic night in Dublin 25 years ago and tracked them down to find out how it all began. Ask DIFF to give this film another review as this is a beautiful snapshot of Dublin culture captured over the last 2 years.