Petition to Matt Shay
Boycott Forever 21
Wildfang is an independent retailer in Portland, Oregon who created a trademark protected t-shirt slogan called "Wild Feminist." The slogan and associated products have been a huge success for the small retailer with a portion of all proceeds going to notable and worthy non-profits such as the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Forever 21 ripped off the concept and began to print and sell knock off versions of the shirt online, not only hurting small business but also taking money out of the pockets of worthy non-profits. I'm asking everyone to boycott F21 until they both discontinue the sale of the trademarked shirts and donate all sales revenue to all of the recipient non-profits. I am also encouraging National Retail Federation President, Matt Shay, to take action against F21 and communicate to their members that this behavior isn't supportive of the industry at large. Matt Shay, President of National Retail Federation +12027837971 or firstname.lastname@example.orgCall (leave a voice message as he's out of the country) or email and enourage him to hold F21 responsible and communicate to his member base that this behavior won't be tolerated.
Petition to Barnes & Noble, Prestige Properties
Do not close the Bay Plaza Barnes and Noble retail location!
This petition was co-created by Ms. Jessica Cruz."The New Bronx" is a growing retail center, with cell phone stores, clothing stores, and chain restaurants sprouting on every corner. We just opened the largest indoor mall in New York City in 40 years.But by the end of the year, "The New Bronx" will be the only borough in New York without a bookstore.In a borough with nearly a dozen institutions of higher education and almost 20 percent of its residents now possessing a bachelor's degree, the lack of accessibility to quality literature, in addition to art and hobby supplies, is truly alarming. Community residents will no longer have a place to purchase novels, instruction books, nor training manuals for important exams such as the SATs. They will no longer be able to meet their favorite authors or celebrities, including Steve Harvey and Joel Osteen. In addition, dozens of Bronxites will now be out of work and forced to find jobs elsewhere.The signers of this petition demand that Prestige Properties arrange a fair leasing deal for the bookstore, and allow it to stay in the area. The Bronx is already the poorest county in the country. We must not let it become the stupidest.
Petition to Chris Beutler, Cyndi Lamm, Jon Camp, Carl Eskridge, Leirion Gaylor Baird, Trent Fellers
Yes to Lincoln NE Costco at 14th & Pine Lake Road
The Lincoln, NE city council will vote on whether to approve the 14th and Pine Lake Costco on Jan 9. A vocal minority has expressed disapproval of the Costco. However, the majority of Lincoln residents who approve of the Costco have been silent thus far. This is our chance to voice support for the Costco. Due to financial conflicts of interest, only 5 of the 7 city council members will be allowed to vote. In order for Costco to be approved, 4 of the 5 city council members must vote in favor. In addition to signing the petition, please email all of your city council members. I did so this morning, and here's the response I received from one of them: Brian,Thank you for your input. 2 council members have conflicts of interest, leaving 5 to vote. It takes 4 to pass it. I am leaning in support. Your email helps me to balance the negative testimony from neighbors at the meeting last night. Here are the relevant email addresses: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (not allowed to vote b/c of conflict of interest),firstname.lastname@example.org (not allowed to vote b/c of conflict of interest) Links to recent news articles on the topic: Conflicts of interest surface in Costco vote Planners OK south Lincoln Costco plans first Lincoln location
Petition to City of Alexandria
A-Frame Signs are good for Business
The independent retail businesses in Old Town Alexandria are truly unique and have been the source of pride for economic development efforts seeking to lure businesses to the local area. Small independent retail businesses in Old Town Alexandria don't have the luxury of large marketing budgets. We rely on the City's charm and historical attractions to bring visitors to the area. As such, we have to be creative in drawing visitors into our stores by way of cute window displays, appropriate signage, and clever messaging on A-frame signs. The City's sudden enforcement of A-frame sign regulations is not only economically discriminatory against retail businesses, but it sends the message that the City is not business friendly. Further, it puts retail within the historic district at a disadvantage when neighboring business districts are not forced to abide by these same strict enforcement standards. We urge the City to reconvene a committee of concerned retail business owners to find a solution that is equitable to all.