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Petition to Dorothy Wellington

Be Extra Nice to People Challenge

Three years ago I started this petition, "Be Extra Nice to People" after one day of hearing so many painful stories from people while doing my errands.  I had come across several people in dire, suffering conditions.  Today, July 11, 2018, while at a bus stop near a hospital, there was a man who was slumped over and had just been released but had no money for the bus to get to his home.  I reached in my purse and gave him the extra bus ticket I had.  He was so grateful, I told him "You deserve to have a bus ticket to ride all day long wherever you need to go."  What's amazing, the words I wrote below are still a voice of our current condition and I have repeated to offer you the "Be Extra Nice to People Challenge"  We still have the poor with us, the sick and those suffering from chronic illnesses, people with hurts, pains and exhaustion, sorrow, hardships, losses, broken relationships and more.  In addition there has been an increase in fears, worry and distrust in our political systems from Washington down to our local cities.  There has always been differences in political views, policies and opinions, voting for opposing candidates, but never to the level of vivaciousness, cruelty and intolerance of each other that's happening across our Nation and on social media.  Now, added to this, is the threats and fears of ISIS and Terrorists with murders and bombings in America and around the world.  There is a deep loss of trust and respect for diversity of race, prejudice, backgrounds, politics, and gender differences because of radical religions, social and cultural beliefs. Three years ago God instructed me to challenge people to "Be Extra Nice to People" and start this petition.  Wars do not end wars, Peace and Diplomacy end wars.  Would you sign this petition and accept the Challenge to make efforts to "Be Extra Nice to People" as you drive your cars, meet people at your stores, schools, places of employment, be nice to your family and friends, everywhere you go "Be Extra Nice to People."  Then, follow the same kindness and tolerance on the Internet and social media.  Do not return evil comments with more evil comments.  Do not give vivaciousness any support with more comments of hate and intolerance. Our Nation has suffered a great loss of trust, acceptance and of being One People.  As diversity of race and backgrounds grew in our Country--instead of oneness, many people resorted to hatred and separation--"they are not a part of us."  Those attitudes and beliefs are lies, truly,  "We are One World One People created by the design of One God."  If one person takes the Challenge of courage and commitment to "Be Extra Nice to People," and shares this petition with another person, soon we could have a collective mass being extra kind to our world of diversity.  "Acts of kindness are based on Love and it is the most powerful energy in all the world."  (Love is backed by God).

Dorothy Wellington Ministries
24 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Theater Leaders

End the practice of white actors playing characters of color and create equity in casting

In light of recent casting controversies at Wisconsin’s American Players Theatre and St. Louis’s Municipal Opera Theater (The Muny) involving white actors cast in roles portraying people of color, we urge theater leaders across the country to reexamine their casting practices and policies in an attempt to avoid similar situations in the future. It is important to acknowledge that this practice has and continues to be widespread and pervasive. We can make this an issue of the past together. As Theatre Communications Group has articulated, “theatre has always been a place for transformation, however we must acknowledge the past oppressions and ongoing inequities facing people of color, including an uneven playing field where the vast majority of opportunities, onstage and off, are held by whites.” This statement is supported by a landmark 2017 study by Actors Equity Association which noted that there are stark and pervasive barriers to employment in our industry for people of color across all Equity contracts. From 2013 to 2015, 71% of principal contracts went to Caucasians, 7% to African Americans and barely 2% to Asian Americans. We must end the harmful practice of white actors playing characters of color while using every opportunity at our disposal to level the playing field. As agents of powerful change in our communities, we pledge to do our best to serve as examples and lead our communities toward a more equitable future. Signatures: Chad Bauman Managing Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater Michael Barker Managing Director, Westport Country Playhouse Kevin Moore Managing Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville Rachel Grossman Co-Founder, Dog & Pony DC Cynthia FuhrmanManaging Director, Portland Center Stage Shawn LaCountArtistic Director, Company One Theatre Ellicia ElliottArtistic Director, The Rude Mechanicals John RooneyProfessional Leadership Programs Assistant, Steppenwolf Theatre Ilana BrownsteinDirector of New Work, Company One Theatre Ryan MeisheidAssociate Managing Director, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Tiffany WilhelmPittsburgh Hannah FenlonAssociate Director of Conferences & Fieldwide Learning, TCG  

Michael Barker
811 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Governor Larry Hogan

Creating Diversity Days for Public Schools in Maryland

What is this? In Maryland, thousands of kids from many different religious, gender, and racial diversity groups are facing discrimination. Muslims, LGBTQ+, African-Americans, and dozens of others are bullied, and aren't getting the respect and understanding they deserve. I believe that this needs to stop. I am hoping to write a petition to the Governor of the Maryland, to say that all public middle and high schools must designate a day out of the school year to celebrate the diversity of it's students, with education, speeches, activities, and thoughtful reflection. Why is this a problem? With rising racial and social tensions, American society is becoming ever divided. Many kids at school are facing discrimination, for the race, sexual orientation, their religion. These articles are proof of the problem that Maryland has to face. I go to a school in Maryland, and have witnessed this discrimination firsthand. I think that the most effective way to stop this is to petition the Maryland governor to have a day strictly dedicated to the diversity and complexity of public schools. I think that this would cause a monumental change to our society. Who's with me!

Eric Smith
68 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Kenyon Community

Diversity at Kenyon

We want to boost inclusivity and representation of students from a wider range of socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic categories. Help us do this by signing this petition. If you have questions, reach out to us at or come to one of our meetings-- Sundays at 5pm! Currently working on: Implementation of Student Ambassador Program: -Student volunteers-Idea that that students know their hometowns (and local public schools) best, can best speak to Kenyon’s current climate, already travel home regularly, care about Kenyon’s diversity, etc.-Program will be overseen by KYDSA-- in terms of advertising and recruiting people to sign up; also holding responsibility for staying informed, answering questions, etc.-Trained by admissions (at intervals over the course of the school year)Data, techniques on how to talk to the guidance counselorsVisiting high schools over breaks, preferably lower-income and more racially/ethnically diverse schools, public schools that are not visited currently-Some student input on these schools, e.g. which public schools in your hometown that have viable candidates for Kenyon that are getting overlooked-Looking at lower income communities-Cities-Native American reservations Addition of specific breakdowns of census-designated groups to the website: -Currently says: “20 percent are African Americans, Asians, and Latinos/ Hispanic- Americans, Native Americans, and multiethnic students” -Should say: 3% African American, 4% Asian, 5% Hispanic (College Board)-This is misrepresenting the student body-- counterproductive, misleading, etc. -Could lead to lower retention rate -"The Company We Keep": 11 of the 20 peer schools listed on Kenyon's website provide specific categorical breakdowns -Kenyon has the lowest student of color population of any of the 20  Increase funding of programs like KEEP and KAP:-Re-allocation of scholarship money to students with more need (with less representation on campus currently-Distinguished Academic Scholarship, Kenyon Promise Scholarship% of tuition money to diversity scholarships

Kenyon Young Democratic Socialists of America
18 supporters