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Petition to Theatre Historical Society of America, Rick Fosbrink, Jeff Greene, Matt Lambros, Ross Melnick, David Syfczak, Ed Kelsey, Craig Morrison

Growth, Transparency & Authentic Communication for Theatre Historical Society of America

OPEN LETTER TO THS PRESIDENT & BOARD OF DIRECTORS: We, the undersigned members and supporters of Theatre Historical Society of America (THS), have significant and substantial concerns regarding the current leadership and management of the organization. Recent decisions call into question whether the Directors and Management are operating in the best interest of the Society and its Members with responsible stewardship of its finances, holdings of unique artifacts and entrusted collections.This organization, founded in 1969 by Time-Life editor and theatre historian Ben Hall, has a rich history in its collection and its activities. We have a history of altruism, inclusion and helpfulness. We do not feel that the current board and staff leadership is taking to heart the damage it is doing to the soul and morale of THS. You have taken almost all of the "Society" out of Theatre Historical Society of America. Therefore, we will submit our concerns to the President of the Board, the Board of Directors and the Executive Director via this online petition and request a response from the Board of Directors on or before March 1, 2018, as follows: PURCHASE OF A COMMUNITY THEATRE BUILDING: It has been reported by media in recent days that THS leadership intends to buy and operate a cinema, the Hollywood Theatre in Dormont, Pennsylvania. We feel that is contrary to our mission and fiscally irresponsible. Additionally, the local volunteers and patrons of this theatre are vocally and vehemently opposed to a THS takeover. Why are we pursuing something so costly and disconnected from the mission of our organization? Who are the volunteers asserting this agenda and how have they brought this plan to the membership?Where is the business plan? Have you shared an annual report with us, your members? RELOCATION: The THS Board of Directors has undertaken an extensive plan of substantial change in the functioning of the organization, including the transfer of all operations from its 25 year home in Elmhurst, IL to Pittsburgh, PA. This project was undertaken without the approval of the membership. CHANGE OF DIRECTION/FOCUS OF THE CORE THS MISSION: The membership was informed that the Board was “in the process of identifying a blue-ribbon advisory committee…to guide...our new entity, the ‘National History Center’”. How can THS embark on another new service when it apparently is struggling to perform its basic oversight of our mission and goals? COMMUNICATIONS: Statements made to the membership in the announcement of these sweeping changes contained mostly vague assertions, unsubstantiated by financial data or verifiable facts. Misrepresentations were made regarding the cost of remaining in our Elmhurst, Illinois location and the availability of alternate locations. LACK OF RESPONSE FROM MANAGEMENT & THE BOARD REGARDING FIDUCIARY REQUESTS: The membership has a right to ready access to all Accounting Records; namely the annual profit and loss statements together with the Balance Sheets comparing the most recent several years. Requests for same were met with silence. When eventually supplied, they were not up-to- date and did not address the inquiry posed. Other pertinent requests from dues paying members in good standing have made to the Leadership (Executive Director and/or President) that were not addressed in a timely or complete manner. Many in the membership feel a sense of disconnect with an organization that previously had been extremely responsive to its members. STEWARDSHIP OF FINANCIAL ASSETS: Recent staffing and relocation expenditures by the board call into question the use of paid consultants and contractors to complete functions that previously were performed by professionals who DONATED their time and expertise. Most notably: Publications Editor – publications now contain numerous errors of fact, the publication schedule has been reduced, the quality of content, articles and photos has dropped considerably. Distrust and ill-defined information are insidious things. Let’s get our organization back on track! We ask that the following issues be addressed: 1. A tolling period of six (6) months for transparent communications and inclusion of THS membership in all major matters of significant and material change to the Society's operations. 2. A policy directing expedient response to specific requests for information as allowed by our by-laws and all other applicable laws with up-to- date information including meeting minutes and financial reports. 3. A blue-ribbon committee of members to assist staff in: Researching the true needs and operating costs for our museum, archives and headquarters that meets with THS’s goals and geographic needs. Growing membership and increasing valuable partnerships. Address employee and board performance and maintaining a high quality of member services interactions 4. A commitment from the board that THS will be volunteer-led with a goal of Growth, Transparency and Authentic Communication with the Members who, ultimately, are the true owners and voice of Theatre Historical Society of America. What can you do?MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: ASK QUESTIONS INSIST ON SUBSTANTIVE ANSWERS BECOME ENGAGED IN THE OPERATIONS OF YOUR SOCIETY SIGN OUR PETITION TO ADD YOUR VOICE! We owe it to the legacy of our Founders to respect the History of Theatre Historical Society of America. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED MEMBERS OF THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA 

Concerned Members of Theatre Historical Society of America
336 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Darlington School Board of Trustees

Stop Darlington School from Silencing Its Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

UPDATE! Thank you to everyone for all the support! Signing this petition, sharing the petition, donating any amount of cash to help us keep this petition circulating and reaching others-it is all vitally important. Your support is needed more than ever. Last Friday, December 16, in Floyd County, Darlington survivors filed for dismissal without prejudice of the case pending in Floyd. The hearing scheduled for Dec. 18, was in response to Darlington’s filing to dismiss the victim’s legal claims. Instead, the survivors elected to dismiss the case themselves. Thus the “dismissal without prejudice.” Darlington Survivors have not dismissed forever the fact that the abuse took place at the hands of Roger Stifflemire and that Darlington has known for years and done nothing. From the survivors facebook post, “As Darlington continues its attempts to avoid responsibility for failing each of us and the Darlington Community as a whole, we have decided to take this path toward justice”. So please understand that this fight is not over. Your ongoing participation is vital! The dismissal without prejudice of a case means the matter can, and in this case, will be brought before a court of law again. There are two things you can do help: First: Join us to advocate for and support the passing of “The Hidden Predator Act”, Georgia House Bill 605 (HB605). The bill was introduced in March of this year, but did not advance to a vote. The bill comes up again in January 2018 and would subject those who engage in human sex trafficking to civil claims, and would give the state’s attorney general the ability to file claims against those culpable in such cases of public importance. It would also extend the statute of limitations for civil claims filed by victims of childhood sexual abuse. This law would allow lawsuits against institutions that knew or should have known abuse occurred, authorizing suits against the institutions as well as the perpetrators. You can read the bill here: Find more details from the AJC here: It is very important for us to educate Georgians about the need for this bill so please contact one, or better yet all of your legislators and reach out to the members who support this non-partisan bill. Rep. Jason Spencer R - Woodbine, 404.656.0177 Spencer Frye D - Athens, 404.656.0265 Mary Margaret Oliver D - Decatur, 404.377.0485 Paulette Rakestraw, R - Powder Springs, 404.656.0177 Buzz Brockway, R - Lawrenceville, 404.656.0188 Stacey Evans, D - Smyrna, 404.656.0116 Second: Continue to share this petition and this information to everyone, giving if you can 1 to 20 dollars to keep this growing. Your support will educate Georgians and hold institutions and predators responsible for their actions. There should be no expiration date for child abuse in Georgia! We will keep you posted-also follow Darlington Survivors on Facebook and the website . THE FOLLOWING WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED DECEMBER 8,2017, PLEASE READ FOR DETAILS ON THE CASE On December 18, 2017 a judge will decide whether the lawsuit against Darlington School merits proceeding. Darlington is attempting to silence its victims by requesting their charges be dropped. Please support the victims by encouraging the school to allow its victims' voices to be heard in court. More than once, Darlington was notified of inappropriate behavior and sexual assaults perpetrated by Roger Stifflemire, a former teacher and dormitory proctor. From 1974 to 1994, the private school continued to employ him, never formally punishing him, going so far as to honor him in a 2002 ceremony for excellence. This story remains on their website today. Roger Stifflemire was able to move to an Alabama high school with presumably no trace of his criminal behavior at Darlington. In 2014 a former student notified Darlington again about misconduct occurring in the 1980s. In response the school began an investigation. In 2015, an unprecedented opportunity arose when the Georgia Legislature passed the Hidden Predator Act. This provided a two-year window for victims to take legal action against their alleged abusers. Darlington was presented with another opportunity to carry out its mission to "Act with Integrity" by reaching out to former students, faculty and staff. In May 2017, nearly three years after beginning its investigation, Darlington did send a letter to alumni asking them to come forward with any information related to sexual misconduct. This allowed only thirty-five days before the Hidden Predator Act expired. Darlington has yet to release the information about its investigation. Please show your support for the victims by signing this petition to encourage Darlington School to hold itself accountable for its decades-long failure to protect its students.

Julie Chastain Greene
1,623 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to CEO Jim Mangia / St John's Well Child & FamilyCenter, Caitlyn Jenner

Stop Dishonoring the LGBTQ Community By Honoring Caitlyn Jenner!!!

The LGBTQ community demands that organizations STOP allowing Caitlyn Jenner to PURCHASE awards, honors, and accolades as an attempt to mask her damaged rapport with the community at large. Caitlyn Jenner has been nothing but harmful to the LGBTQ community by: *Supporting an administration that has aggressively attacked transgender children, service members in the armed forces, and has reversed civil protections for transgender people which were implemented by President Obama. * Justifying the discrimination & violence against trans women by stating that "they should put people at ease and not make them uncomfortable by looking like men in dresses". * Expressing opposition to same-sex marriage on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show". AND ...In addition to slandering her family in her book for less than $4M and #361 on the Amazon list; SHE was at fault for the death of an elderly woman in a car crash and SUED the dead woman's (Kim Howe) estate. Among the many other atrocities and egregious examples of her lack of empathy, 10/13/17 she went on another media rant blaming Ellen DeGeneres for her tarnished reputation and attempting to draw sympathy from mainstream media-- who are unaware of the tyrant Caitlyn Jenner really is. These are NOT attributes worthy of honor or an award. Caitlyn Jenner's values and ideology aren't those that the LGBTQ community; especially trans people, would look for in someone as a "representative". When organizations honor Caitlyn Jenner despite the fact that their mission & vision are the antithesis of what Jenner stands for; it expresses tolerance for Caitlyn's harmful actions, which ultimately breaks their promise to protect and advocate for the vulnerable, at risk populations they serve. St John's Well Child & Family Center is supposed to uphold that promise. They are a health clinic that offers services to the transgender community; which are delivered by a staff of dedicated transgender individuals. We believe the decision to publicly award Caitlyn Jenner on 10/21/17 at the TransNation Film Festival's Eleganza night is a terrible mistake. The decision was made without considerable input from the transgender staff at St. John's who are also community members above all else. We know that Caitlyn has given money to St John's, and we know that the higher-ups want more from her. The transgender staff are already working extremely hard to deliver vital services and now have been put in the very difficult position of having to take backlash from the community for decisions that were above their heads. Transgender people who work in the non-profit sector are typically only one pay check away from being in the same position as the demographic they serve. Being that transgender people in particular face economic hardships that are disproportionate to other members of the LGBTQ community, challenging problematic politics such as those excercised by St. John's and other other organizations puts them at risk. Caitlyn has given small donations ($25,000-$50,000) that are only a fraction of what she makes purely on the annual interest of her reported net worth of $100 million dollars. Her tax breaks mean more to her than the issues that affect the LGBTQ community and our overall wellbeing. Her contributions do not make up for her awful track record and the massive amount of harm she has caused to the transgender & LGBTQ community at large.  The LGBTQ community has given Caitlyn Jenner SEVERAL attempts to right her wrongs, but her cognitive dissonance and stubborn arrogance have prevented her from formally apologizing to us and vowing to do better.  Therefore; we (Trans Liberation Now) ask that St. John's Well Child & Family Center rescind their award/honor on 10/21/17. Failure to meet that demand will result in a demonstration at the Eleganza Gala located at: The Cicada Club- 617 S Olive Street in Downtown Los Angeles at 6:30pm We will NO LONGER be Caitlyn Jenner's PR props or puppets to her propaganda! We will NOT allow her to carry on as if she is the Christopher Columbus of Trans Identity or the Trans Christ and savior.  We will NOT continue to allow her to pimp our narratives out for profit, an use us as social experiments that she can mold into an extension of the Kardashian brand. We will NOT allow her to continue building her divisive caste system pins white trans people against black & brown trans people!  We will NOT allow her to bully her way into safe spaces that are designated for those whom her political & social efforts have harmed! We will NOT allow her to carry-on like the Trans Harvey Weinstein & harrass other trans women and abuse her privilege & status! AND Caitlyn Jenner is a humanitarian fraud and we will  NO LONGER allow her to make false claims that her foundation (The Caitlyn Jenner Foundation) is benefitting ALL trans people when there are ZERO people of color on her staff or board (non-reflective of those she claims to serve) AND-- we will NO LONGER allow her to use her foundation as a self-congratulatory tool to lend credibility to her status as an influential figure within the LGBTQ community. Example: Transnation's film festival's Eleganza Gala is honoring Caitlyn Jenner along with Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton (Activist, Actress, Community Advocate). The organizer & curator for the TransNation film festival is ALSO the president of The Caitlyn Jenner Foundation!! Instead of allowing a hard working, well respected African-American trans woman have her moment, Caitlyn Jenner used it as an opportunity to center herself by having Zackary Drucker her President, honor HER at this event! Help us put a STOP to this! Your signature(s) will tell St. John's Well Child & Family Center & other organizations to: STOP DISHONORING THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY BY HONORING CAITLYN JENNER!! Thank you!!!   

Ashlee Marie Preston
2,295 supporters