Petition to Zeta Psi at UVa
The Iraqi community of Charlottesville and UVa demands a formal public apology from Zeta Psi Fraternity for organizing the offensive party titled "Bombs Over Baghdad."
As you know, the political situation in Iraq has been especially tumultuous recently. People have lost family, friends, and loved ones, and are still suffering through war. Zeta Psi fraternity held a party called "Bombs over Baghdad." Many in the Arab community see this as an insult to the memory of those families who were affected by recent wars in Iraq. As part of the UVA community, we expect support and empathy during this tough and unfortunate, ongoing situation. WUVA held an interview with an Iraqi student regarding this topic. The article asked Zeta Psi to apologize, but no official apology has been made. Also, the University of Texas's Zeta Psi fraternity held a "Bombs Over Baghdad" party just recently. Flyers for the party distributed on campus showed photographs of a crying child spattered in blood, a man clutching a child's lifeless body and a mutilated dead man. The caption read, "Come party, and celebrate what we stand for." http://reason.com/blog/2003/11/18/fight-for-your-right-to-party The UVA community must reject this unsavory and insensitive behavior if it purports to stand for justice and humanity. This conduct dehumanizes the victims in Iraq by trivializing their deaths. Fight for Your Right To Partyreason.com
Petition to University of Pittsburgh Residence Life
Remove and replace "Diversity" campaign
We are demanding the University of Pittsburgh office of Residence Life remove the "Diversity" campaign from Tower B and replace it with a more diverse group of students. In light of recent tragedies in Ferguson and New York, as well as with Pitt's own problems with segregation, we believe this to be the perfect time to encourage acceptance. However, the current diversity campaign has a troubling lack of diversity. Among the wall, only four of the fourty-eight students are people of color, and the one black woman is placed at the bottom of the wall. The current campaign does not even reflect Pitt's demographics. To call this a message of diversity and then display a montage of white students dispelling stereotypes such as "drinking pumpkin spice lattes" or "being a frat douche bag" undermines the heavy weight of stereotypes that students of color bear everyday here at Pitt. With black men being killed by police daily because of racial stereotypes, this project could have been an opportunity to truly comabt these oppresive and systemic stereotypes, but instead, this project trivialized racial oppression and blatantly excluded students of color from the conversation. After emailing the Resident Director for Tower B several times over the past week, and not receiving one response, we have decided to create this petition in order to remove the diversity campaign and replace it with a campaign more true to its title.
Petition to MTV, Boycott Show: "Growing up Greek" on MTV
Cancel the show or rewrite it with true representation
"Growing up Greek " is a gross misrepresentation of what it means to Grow up Greek. What makes us Greek is PRIDE. Pride for our faith, family and each other. This show lessens us to look like Jersey Shore! We have worked hard to not have that stereotype. We are an ethnicity strong in family and Orthodoxy. This show is NOT who we are and we are embarrased.
Petition to Google
@Google: Remove the racist "Make Me Asian" & "Make Me Indian" apps from @GooglePlay
Google's motto is "Don't Be Evil", which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the "Make Me Asian" and "Make Me Indian" apps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store. These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skin - and voila, digital yellowface! Or you can pretend to be a Native American by slapping your picture with war paint, feather, and broadened nose, because we all know that that is all that it takes to represent "Indians". This is not what it means to be Asian or Native American - these are nothing less than hateful and offensive stereotypes that are used to this very day to marginalize and humiliate people. They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard in the treatment of certain minority groups. Blackface (dressing up as a caricature of a black person, complete with black makeup) is thankfully and rightfully recognized as thoroughly racist, so why in the world is "yellowface" and "redface" given a pass? Google has tried to defend itself in this matter by stating they are not responsible for the content of apps because Android is open source. But the fact is that Google Play is NOT open source, but a branded store from which Google derives profit and has removed other racist apps, such as a Nazi app in August of 2010. By choosing to allow these apps to proliferate on their branded Google Play store, they are implicitly normalizing these characterizations. THESE APPS NEED TO COME DOWN NOW. And here's what you can do: Go here and flag both apps as inappropriate directly on the Google Play site, preferably from an Android device. The apps are named "Make Me Asian" and "Make Me Indian", the developer name is KimberyDeiss, and the urls are respectively, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makemeasian&hl=en and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makemeindian&hl=en If you have Twitter, tweet this out: @ericschmidt Take the racist Make Me Asian and Make Me Indian apps off @googleplay NOW! #makemeasian https://www.change.org/petitions/google-remove-the-racist-make-me-asian-app-from-the-google-play-store There is a partner petition by our friends at 18 Million Rising that we encourage you to sign as well.